J.R. Smith's younger brother signed an invitation to play for the New York Knicks at their training camp in October, according to a picture J.R. tweeted that shows Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald seated beside his brother signing the invitation. The rumor was later confirmed in a tweet from Marc Berman of The New York Post.
Chris Smith had been a summer league participant with the Knicks in Las Vegas, but played poorly, shooting 29-percent over five games. Chris played for Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville in 2011-12. He and fellow Cardinal Peyton Silva were the only players to appear in all 35 games last season for the team.
J.R. re-signed with the Knicks this offseason in a deal that pays him $2.8 million over two years. The Knicks head into training camp with a roster that will allow very little playing time for new signings at this point.
As a 6-foot-2 guard on a team already stacked with players in the backcourt, the younger Smith would probably only see playing time if there were to be a rash of injuries to the Knicks. Last season saw something akin to this however, with the rehabbing of Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis at the beginning of the year, compelling then-coach Mike D'antoni to call upon Jeremy Lin.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN, a source close to the relationship that Chris has with the Knicks said the team acquired him so they could assign him to their D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.