March 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Chris Smith (5) dribbles while being defended by Florida Gators guard Erving Walker (11) during the second half in the finals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks plan to re-sign Chris Smith

Many felt that point guard Chris Smith, the younger brother of J.R. Smith, had a pretty good chance to make the Knicks opening day roster out of training camp before a left knee injury ended any thoughts of those plans.

But apparently the younger Smith is still a part of the Knicks plans.

March 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Chris Smith (5) during the second half in the finals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

A source tells Keith Schlosser of Knicks Journal that the Knicks still plan to bring Smith aboard when his knee injury completely heals.

The original timetable for Smith was said to be three to six months and since the injury occurred in training camp, he could be almost ready to return.

Schlosser also notes that The Knicks have allowed Smith to hang around the team this season and rehab his knee at the team facilities, and he’s been a fixture at the team’s home games, sometimes making the trip to road games as well.

Smith likely won’t be added to the NBA roster as the Knicks have 15 contracts. They could elect not to bring Kenyon Martin back after his 10-day contract expires, but the thoughts are that Martin will be around for the rest of the season.

The likely option would be having Smith sign with the Knicks’ D-League affiliate the Erie Bayhawks and hopefully signing him next season, which wouldn’t be a given if another team wanted to sign him instead.

The 25-year old guard out of Louisville went undrafted in June and signed with the Knicks shortly after.

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