NBA suspends Knicks guard J.R. Smith 5 games for substance abuse policy violation
The NBA announced Friday afternoon that New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for five games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Smith reportedly tested positive for marijuana, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Smith, the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award winner this past season, had patellar tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee in July. He was expected to miss approximately 12 to 16 weeks. The suspension starts once Smith is healthy enough to play in games.
Smith, 27, averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last season as he helped the team win 54 games and advance to the playoffs, where they lost in the second round to the Indiana Pacers.
He signed a three-year deal worth $17 million in the offseason, which included a player option after the second year of the contract.