Oct 9, 2013; Providence, RI, USA; New York Knicks point guard Chris Smith (0) dibbles the ball against Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey (26) during the second half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks assign Chris Smith to D-League

There has been much speculation over the course of the past couple of weeks about potential roster moves pertaining to the New York Knicks.

Monday the Knicks made the one move that every Knicks fan was anticipating.

Mar 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks player Chris Smith attends the semifinal game between the Louisville Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks President and general manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has assigned guard Chris Smith to the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Development League.

Smith, 6-2, 200-pounds, has been inactive for the first nine games of the season after signing as a free agent on Sep. 10, 2013.

His addition to the Knicks roster was very controversial as it has been speculated that his inclusion on the Knicks roster was part of a package deal to get his brother J.R. Smith to re-sign with the organization.

It was reported last week that many in the Knicks front office had said that the younger Smith wasn’t even good enough to play in the D-League, yet make an NBA roster.

One source went as far as calling Smith the worst player to ever play in the Vegas Summer League.

However while the news of Smith to the D-League is good news, it’s not really good news for the Knicks.

Because they were foolish enough to keep him on the roster, his salary became fully guaranteed opening night, meaning that the Knicks would have to release him or someone else to add another player.

ESPN’s Marc Stein put it best when he said the decision speaks volumes about Smith’s lack of talent when the Knicks are banged up and need an injection of youth and they still send him to the D-League.

All of that means that the younger Smith will continue to make the Knicks look bad despite not being on the active roster.

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