July 17, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks player Chris Smith (44) looks to pass the ball against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of the game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Chris Smith, Knicks Summer League participant and brother of J.R. Smith, recently posted a photo of himself signing a contract alongside Glen Grunwald (Daddy Grun, slumpin' like a boss). I haven't seen any reports reported by reporters about this signing-- at least nothing beyond J.R.'s excitement-- so it's
unclear at this point whether this is a training camp invite or some sort of non-guaranteed contract or a real one-year minimum deal or what (Update: It seems to be just a camp invite, which is good). Or maybe the Knicks just wanted Chris to practice signing his name and it's not an actual legal document.
Smith played poorly-- even relative to a pretty meager group of guards--during Summer League, over-dribbling and shooting just 29 percent from the field in five games, so any further pursuit by the Knicks is somewhat surprising...unless the fact that his older brother just re-signed for $2.8 million is somehow related. I guess we'll just wait for the details of the arrangement.
I'm still of the opinion that the Knicks could use another big bro or two around, so I'm hoping someone who 1. Played more impressively in Vegas 2. Fits the roster better gets this kind of attention. That means you, Artsiom Parakhouski. It's Artsy time.
Update: Scott Schroeder just informed me that Artsy is likely on his way to Israel, so scratch that. Poop.
Update: As some of you pointed out while I was swimming in a pool, Jared Zwerling heard that Smith's likeliest destination is the Erie BayHawks. So, this news has gone from "an unsurprising but mildly irritating case of nepotism" to "whatever". Also, this post really doesn't deserve this many updates, but here we are in August.