J.R. Smith Delayed Surgery to Secure Contract
J.R. Smith said he delayed having surgery on his knee until after he signed his contract with the New York Knicks because it “made more sense for my family.”
“For one, I’m a father and I have two young children to look after,” Smith said Monday. “It made more sense for my family to get a deal done before [surgery].”
Smith had surgery on his left knee a week after signing a three-year, $18 million contract with the Knicks. If he’d had surgery earlier in the summer, Smith might have been healthy enough to play in training camp. If he’d had surgery earlier in the summer, though, it might have impacted his value as a free agent.