Chris Smith Preparing to Play In Italy?

According to this tweet here, two-time Knicks' Summer League team participant Chris Smith (brother of J.R.) is weighing an offer to play in Italy for the upcoming season.

Smith reportedly made such an assertion while playing in the Nike ProCity exhibitions at Baruch College this week. 

Earlier this season, KnicksJournal.com heard from a source that not only were the Knicks closely monitoring Smith's rehab from a torn left patella tendon injury, but also that they were interested in helping him along in hopes of bringing him into training camp for the second straight year. Of course, last year's injury prevented the younger Smith from truly strutting his stuff.

As we predicted in February, the Louisville alum went on to rehab with the Knicks and participated in team scrimmages through the month of April prior to New York's postseason run. 

Fresh off his Las Vegas Summer League stint, it would make sense (given what KnicksJournal.com has heard from a source, in addition to the Knicks' interest in making J.R. Smith happy while extending common courtesy to his brother) that the younger Smith be welcomed into training camp.

That all said, the 25 year old clearly still isn't a favorite to make the Knicks' opening night roster by any means. By accepting any potential forthcoming training camp invite, there's a good possibility Smith would forfeit the opportunity to play in Italy.

Should that happen, the Knicks could still offer him the opportunity (albeit a much less lucrative one) to play in the NBA D-League with their affiliated Erie BayHawks after cutting him in training camp. This is what KnicksJournal.com heard to be the original plan months ago. 

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