Deciding to not be too active during free agency, as they were shackled with salary cap issues, the Knicks re-signed J.R. Smith to a $24 million deal, but now may be without him at the start of the season as he has undergone knee surgery.
As what is described as being caused by gradual wear and tear, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year underwent patella tendon surgery, and underwent a procedure to repair torn meniscus on his left knee. He will now be sidelined for at least 3 months which would bring us to about the start of training camp, so it’s possible the Knicks’ best bench player will not be ready to go when the season tips off.
J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery & arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus, of his left knee, at the HSS in NYC.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 15, 2013
J.R. Smith's injuries were chronic and gradually worsened. Recovery time is approximately 12-16 weeks.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 15, 2013
This comes as a blow for a New York team that is already old and will require blow time for their veterans during games.