Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 5/7/13
This past February, KnicksJournal.com reported exclusively via a source that the Knicks still intend to sign Chris Smith, brother of "Sixth Man of the Year" award winner J.R. Smith.The younger Smith was welcomed into the Knickerbocker family when he played for the team in Summer League, and was poised to compete for a roster spot in training camp. A knee injury forced him to have surgery on his left patella tendon, and the Louisville product has been out of commission ever since.But as reported previously, New York was keeping an eye on Smith during his recovery. The young gun stayed with the team throughout, rehabbing at the team facility and often appearing at home games.Smith was hoping to begin scrimmaging in April, and to many fans' surprise, he planned to do so with the Knicks.Better late than ever, such a plan set its wheels in motion as Smith has been seen working out and scrimmaging with some of New York's players at the team facility this week. He most recently took part in a multi-player scrimmage that included Amar'e Stoudemire, Quentin Richardson, Earl Barron, and Chris Copeland. This means the unsigned guard participated in the most recent of contract drills that will serve as the measuring stick for STAT's potential postseason return.The Knicks fully intend to do right by the Smith family, especially consider J.R. Smith has the option of opting out of his contract following quite a stellar regular season. Keeping his brother aboard, as they've continued to do all season long, may go a long way for the Knicks.As for their plans with regard to Chris, a second Summer League appearance and training camp invite appear likely once again. With so many older veterans and/or expiring contracts on the roster heading into next season, the Knicks stand to have quite a few roster spots open.Will one of them go to the younger of the Smith's? That still appears to be a strong possibility. New York will likely utilize their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, and assign him there to develop, getting some experience and playing time. To do that, however, the Knicks would still technically need to sign Smith to a formal contract that allows him to occupy a spot on the big league team too.
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