Knicks’ J.R. Smith out 3-4 months after knee surgery

The New York Knicks announced yesterday that shooting guard J.R. Smith underwent patellar tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his knee, procedures that carry an expected recovery timeframe of approximately three to four months, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York.

The Knicks said Smith’s injuries were chronic and have worsened gradually. The team was reportedly aware that the Sixth Man of the Year would need surgery on his left knee, which began bothering him during the NBA Playoffs, when they re-signed him to a four-year, $24.7 million deal.

Smith’s current timeframe has him projected to return somewhere between the middle of October or November. That would have him back around the start of the 2013-14 season. Last year, Smith averaged career highs in points (18.1) and rebounds (5.3) while playing 80 games off the bench for the Knicks.

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