J.R. Smith signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract on July 11. Four days later, he had surgery that knocked him out for three to four months.
The decision to delay surgery until after he signed on the dotted line came due to a “family decision,” Smith said, according to Newsday.
“I’m a father and I have two young children to look after, and it made more sense for my family to get a deal done before that,” Smith said.
Don’t worry, though. The Knicks knew.
“Without a doubt, the best part about it was we had the support of the team,” Smith said, according to ESPN. “The team supported us, the [team doctor] supported us all on the decision.”