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Report: Knicks still want J.R. Smith but not his brother Chris Smith

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Smith and Smith might not be a package deal. (USATSI)
J.R. Smith and Chris Smith might not be a package deal. (USATSI)

A week ago, it was reported that J.R. Smith was going to re-sign with the New York Knicks on a four-year deal that would start at $5 million per season. It was apparently part of Smith's plan to retire as a member of the Knicks. And it's a good value for grabbing a guy who can score the way that he does off the bench, even if he isn't always taking the best shots.

Part of that report included the idea that Chris Smith, J.R.'s brother, would also be given a contract by the team. That could be viewed as a possible thank you for taking less than perceived market value for such a scorer. There's just one problem with that idea: Chris Smith might not be someone the Knicks actually have any interest in signing.

Via ESPN New York:

One source said Chris Smith, J.R.'s younger brother, will not be considered.

"Chris is not an NBA player -- not even close," the source said. "He will never play for them."

Would this deter J.R. Smith from re-signing with the Knicks? It seems unlikely that it would. Smith took a surprising two-year deal this past offseason when he signed for an average of roughly $2.9 million per season. Considering it was below the average yearly salary of the mid-level exception and even the mini-mid-level exception, Smith was clearly signing at a discount to stick with the Knicks.

As for Chris Smith, he was pretty mediocre in his Las Vegas Summer League stint with the Knicks' team and was released after a knee injury in the preseason. As long as Chris Smith isn't counting on a contract with the Knicks this coming offseason, this shouldn't be a big deal if the report about the Knicks' lack of interest is true.

Well, this is awkward.

(H/T - Pro Basketball Talk)

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