The New York Knicks decision to keep guard Chris Smith, the younger brother of J.R. Smith, and give him a spot on the Opening Day roster and a guaranteed NBA contract continues to look dumber by the day.
If the Knicks weren’t struggling enough on the court, their front office looks foolish every time the younger Smith’s name is brought up.
That especially was the case on Tuesday, when the player who they felt was good enough to make the team out of training camp was released from the D-League.
That means Smith went from starting the season in the NBA to not having a home in the D-League, much less the NBA.
The Knicks signed Smith to a minimum-salary contract in the offseason that became fully guaranteed if made the team out of camp.
This was despite the reported belief of some Knicks coaches who thought Chris Smith wasn’t even qualified to play in the D-League. The Knicks waived him in December, irking his brother J.R. who went on a rant that the Knicks betrayed him.
Chris Smith wound up heading to play in the D-League, where the BayHawks grabbed his rights.
In the D-League, Chris Smith averaged only 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.8 minutes per game for Erie and hasn’t played a minute since a five-minute cameo on February 22.
I wonder if the Knicks can say with a straight face that the younger Smith earned his spot on the Opening Day roster as it is widely speculated that he was guaranteed a spot on the team as long as J.R. re-signed with the Knicks last summer.
It’s just another typical day in Knicks nation where the blue and orange continue to look foolish.