J.R. Smith's brother released

Updated: March 4, 2014, 4:20 PM ET
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com

Chris Smith, the younger brother of New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, has been released by the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks' D-League affiliate.

The BayHawks announced the roster move Tuesday afternoon.

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AP Photo/Michael DwyerChris Smith, brother of New York's J.R. Smith, was released by the Knicks' D-League affiliate Tuesday.

League sources told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday that the younger Smith had several run-ins with the BayHawks' coaching staff, which contributed to the team's decision to release him.

Smith began the season on the Knicks' roster. His inclusion on the 15-man roster stirred strong emotion from the team's fan base because of his ties to his brother. Both the Knicks and Chris Smith have acknowledged that Smith's older brother was a factor in the team's decision to keep him.

The 26-year-old's inclusion on the roster also spurred a negative reaction from at least one NBA player.

Detroit's Brandon Jennings engaged in a Twitter spat with J.R. Smith after questioning Chris Smith's credentials. J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language toward Jennings in a response tweet.

Some rival agents believe Chris Smith's roster spot with the Knicks was locked in as a package deal when J.R. Smith re-signed with the team in July, though the league never investigated the matter.

In 23 games with the BayHawks, Smith averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds.

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