Knicks Free Agency 2012: New York Signs Chris Smith, J.R.'s Younger Brother

Andrew BurtonCorrespondent IIIAugust 1, 2012

July 17, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  New York Knicks player Chris Smith (44) takes the ball down court past Denver Nuggets player Gani Lawal (31) in the first half of the game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

It appears that the New York Knicks have filled their final roster spot—with another member of the Smith family.

Knicks guard J.R. Smith took to his instagram to post a photo of his younger brother, Chris, signing a contract. He captioned the image with "Two brothers on the same team."

Then, a few minutes later, J.R. took to Twitter to re-tweet an image of Chris in a Knicks workout uniform that the younger brother had tweeted out to his followers.

The speedy Smith, referred to on twitter as @Cswish9, confirmed that he has signed with New York. 

Smith, like his older sibling, plays the guard position. Listed at 6'2" and 195 pounds, it's hard to imagine Chris seeing significant playing time—especially behind Ronnie Brewer, J.R. Smith and a healthy Iman Shumpert. 

On New York's summer team, Chris averaged 5.2 points per game to go with his two rebounds and 1.4 assists. His best game came July 19 against Toronto when the guard played 22 minutes and scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting. He also made two three-pointers out of his three attempts.

Is this the right move by Knicks management?


Update: According to Jared Zwerling of, the Knicks are planning to sign Smith to send him to Erie BayHawks, which would leave a roster spot available. As a result, New York will still be able to sign someone to improve the roster and bring them to the maximum 15 men.