Chris Smith Released From Knicks; J.R. Responds [Photo] [Update]
Drama has found the New York Knicks once again this season.
Knicks have come to a decision to release 15th man, and J.R. Smith’s younger brother Chris Smith according to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.
The release, which has not yet been announced, is a move that will make room for center Jeremy Tyler whom they will sign to improve their roster amidst a 9-21 season.
NBA writer for USA Today Jeff Zillgitt reports that the signing of Tyler will be made official Tuesday morning.
Jeremy Tyler expected to sign his deal with Knicks Tuesday morning, from what I've beent told.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) December 30, 2013
Chris Smith was signed as part of an agreement as they worked on keeping shooting guard J.R. Smith with the team in the off-season. He was sent to the D-league in November to improve on his skills with the Erie BayHawks.
J.R. Smith reacted to the news by putting this post on his Instagram page below.
Update: The pending moves above have been confirmed by the Knicks.
Dec. 31, 2013 – President & GM Steve Mills announced that the team has signed Jeremy Tyler & waived Chris Smith. pic.twitter.com/V1iz8uW14U
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) December 31, 2013