July 19, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks guard Chris Smith (44) guard Mychel Thompson (11) and Toronto Raptors center Daniel Orton (33) look for the rebound during the first half of the game at the Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks recall Chris Smith, brother of J.R.


It has been announced that the New York Knicks have recalled Chris Smith from the NBA’s Developmental League team, the Erie Bayhawks. Smith, the brother of Knicks guard, J.R., was sent to the D-league after a sub-par performance in the summer league and the start of the season.

From ESPN,

The Knicks need the 6-foot Smith as an extra body. Earlier this season, his inclusion on the Knicks’ final roster was the source of controversy and a sore point for some Knicks fans. Smith is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which also represents Smith’s brother J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, coach Mike Woodson, assistant GM Allan Houstonand front-office member Mark Warkentien.

Chris Smith made the final roster and earns a $490,180 salary, while some like Detroit’s Brandon Jennings questioned his NBA credentials, sparking a Twitter feud with J.R., who was eventually fined $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language toward Jennings in a tweeted response.

What do you think of the move to bring Chris Smith up from the D-league? Was it a publicity move, or could the Knicks truly use his help?

Many are speculating that this move is mainly because of the fact that Chris Smith is with CAA, much like some of the other Knicks stars. What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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