May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) reacts to losing to the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

J.R. Smith Out 3 - 4 Months Following Knee Surgery

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The New York Knicks announced some bad news today concerning recently re-signed guard J.R. Smith. According to the report, Smith underwent surgery to repair his patella tendon and a tear in his lateral meniscus. Recovery time for the surgery is three to four months.

The news was announced on the Knicks public relations page:

It was reportedly a nagging injury that worsened as the season went on, so it may explain why Smith’s production dropped off at the end of the season, however, it could still be a troubling sign for the team moving forward.

It’s obviously not what the Knicks were hoping for when they gave Smith a four-year, $24.7 million deal to return, but he should be ready to go for the beginning of the season if he avoids any setbacks.

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