JR Smith’s brother Chris reportedly left his D-League team over playing time

JR Smith brother Chris

The controversy surrounding J.R. Smith’s brother Chris within the New York Knicks organization continues.

The Knicks originally signed Smith last offseason, and there were whispers he was promised a spot on the NBA team’s roster as a condition to JR re-signing with the Knicks as a free agent. JR was pretty ticked when the Knicks released Chris. Chris’ standing within the organization has gotten even worse since then.

The Knicks’ D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, waived Smith on Tuesday. But here’s where the story gets good.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Smith packed up and left the team days ago because he was unhappy with his playing time.

ESPN NY’s Ian Begley says Smith had issues with the coaching staff.

Smith averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds with the team in 23 games. He averaged 20.8 minutes per game.

The Knicks are probably hoping that JR will follow his bro’s lead and leave the organization so they can somehow get out of his bad contract.

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JR Smith upset with Knicks for betraying him by releasing brother Chris

JR Smith brother Chris

The New York Knicks are going to waive Chris Smith, and older brother J.R. is not happy about the move.

The Knicks plan to waive Smith, 26, to make room for big man Jeremy Tyler, who has been playing in the Knicks’ D-League affiliate. Chris Smith’s presence with the Knicks — he was signed for a guaranteed $490,814 — has been a source of controversy.

It’s believed that Chris Smith’s signing was part of a condition for JR re-signing with the Knicks during the offseason. Some have called him the worst D-League player in history. Even Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings expressed his disbelief that Smith had a job in the NBA while many other qualified players didn’t, leading to a Twitter beef between him and JR. Chris spent most of the season in the D-League, but he was called up on Dec. 17 and played one minute in two games. He did not record a stat.

Shortly after news of Chris’ impending release came out, JR shared this photo on Instagram, which implies the Knicks were betraying him.

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