ERIE, New York — Chris Smith, the younger brother of New York Knicks player J.R. Smith, has been released by Knicks’ D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks on Tuesday.
Smith began the season on the Knicks’ roster. His inclusion on the 15-man roster stirred strong emotion from the team’s fan base because of ties to his brother. Both entities acknowledged that J.R. was a factor in the team’s decision to keep him.
The 26-year-old’s inclusion drew negative reaction from Detroit Pistons player Brandon Jennings.
Jennings engaged in an argument with J.R. Smith via Twitter after questioning the credentials of Chris Smith. J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language towards Jennings in a tweet during the exchange.
During his time with the Bayhawks, Smith averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds.