It's been a rough offseason for J.R. Smith despite signing a three-year $17.9 million contract (third year is a player option). After re-signing with the New York Knicks Smith had surgery on his left knee and repaired a tear in his lateral meniscus. The surgery was announced on July 15 and his expected timetable for being out was 12-16 weeks. Being sidelined until October or November means he'll be playing catch up with his training and being ready to contribute to a Knicks team that will need his presence off the bench. Smith is getting more bad news according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. He's reporting that the NBA is suspending Knicks guard J.R. Smith for violating the league's substance abuse policy which likely means he'll be out for an additional five games when he is cleared to play.
J.R. Smith suspended for violating substance abuse policy
CBS Sports | Sep 6