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This was a sticky situation from the get-go. J.R. Smith, who had just been coming off his most productive season as a pro, put his volatility on full display in the 2013 playoffs.
After getting tossed and suspended for throwing an elbow at Jason Terry, Smith went on to shoot 34-of-117 from the floor over his next eight games, six of which came against the Pacers in Round 2.
And with Smith the Knicks' No. 2 option, they never had a chance given how many shots he missed in volume.
But without any other free agents within reach, the Knicks had to bring him back. He gives them the best bang for the buck, and with Amar'e Stoudemire's health always in question, the Knicks needed that bang.
Grunwald gave him a three-year, $18 million deal with a player option for third year. Unfortunately, this came just days before Smith underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Though he's expected to be ready by the start of the season, it's a serious operation that takes three-to-four months to heal.
The Knicks don't exactly have the most glowing track record when it comes to investing in players with knee injuries. Allan Houston, Antonio Mcdyess and Stoudemire would all agree.