Report: Dennis Smith Jr Has ‘Significant Support’ Within Knicks Organization


Dennis Smith Jr still has “significant support” within the Knicks front office, reports SNY‘s Ian Begley.

Smith Jr, who turns 23 next month, missed nearly half of last season due to injuries and the loss of his stepmother. According to Begley, the Knicks would like to give Smith Jr “a legitimate chance to bounce back” after a disappointing 2019-20 season.

Smith Jr averaged just 5.5 points on 34.1 percent shooting and was the only player to average more than 12 minutes per game (minimum 20 games) and shoot below 40 TS%.

The front office could still feel some investment in Smith, who the Knicks acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. And new head coach Tom Thibodeau was reportedly “a big fan” of Smith Jr coming out of the 2017 Draft, per Begley.

But he’ll likely have to continue to vie for minutes with Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina, who are both under contract for next season. Smith Jr will earn $5.7 million next season before hitting restricted free agency in 2021.

1



Source of the article

Next Post

Real Madrid: Fede Valverde: I still have a lot to improve, learn and grow

Real Madrid One of Uruguay’s best against Chile Fede Valverde y Alexis Snchez en el encuentro Uruguay – Chile Ral Martnez Despite having gradually established himself in both Real Madrid’s and Uruguay’s starting line-ups, Fede Valverde believes that he still has a lot of room for improvement. The ‘Los Blancos’ midfielder […]