Jason Smith PF/C NY 8 Days

Smith started and scored four points (2-8 FG), grabbed five rebounds, and one steal in 28 minutes against the Jazz Friday.

Smith was Friday's winner of the latest round of "musical chairs" that Knicks have been playing with their starters. The Knicks have used different starting lineups for each of their past three games. The game is mostly academic, however, since the minutes distribution remains much more stable. For his part, Smith typically plays between 19 and 24 minutes, and moving to the starting lineup did not change that. He is a pretty inefficient shooter for his position, but he can provide an irregular source of points, rebounds, and assists for desperate deep league players.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 9 Days

Smith will start at power forward Friday against Jazz.

Smith has rotated in and out of the starting lineup whenever coach Derek Fisher decides he wants to go with a big or small lineup. He wants to go big against the Jazz, so Smith will get the call. Amare Stoudemire is also sitting out, so he'll most likely be relied upon for even more minutes.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 15 Days

Smith will move to the bench Saturday, Newsday reports.

The Knicks are going with a small lineup Saturday against the Hawks and Smith is the unfortunate odd man out.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 18 Days

Smith will start at power forward Wednesday against Detroit, the Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring reports.

Amar'e Stoudemire will come off the bench, as coach Derek Fisher wanted a bigger front line to matchup with the Pistons' big men. Smith's fantasy value probably won't see more than a slight bump, as Stoudemire still figures to be a prominent factor off the bench.

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Smith has a good chance to open the season as the Knicks' starting power forward.

When asked if a lineup involving Smith at the four and Samuel Dalembert at the five would be his lineup for opening night, coach Derek Fisher said, "It would be safe to say that would be pretty close to it." Smith has a solid chance of being the best fantasy option of the Knicks' big men, so if he starts out with a big role, he needs to be considered in standard leagues.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 4 Months

Jason Smith will sign with the Knicks on a one-year, $3.3 million deal.

He basically had no chance to sign with the Pelicans, especially after the Omer Asik trade. The Knicks have seen Cole Aldrich play well this summer, so those two will likely compete for minutes behind Samuel Dalembert.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 4 Months

The Knicks signed free agent PF/C Jason Smith (knee) on a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.

Smith's 2013-14 season ended with knee surgery in January, and injuries have been an unfortunate trend throughout his brief NBA career -- he's missed an average of 24.2 games over six seasons. When healthy he has a sweet 18-foot jumper and does a solid job rebounding and blocking shots, so he should fill a valuable role off New York's bench behind Samuel Dalembert and Amare Stoudemire.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 5 Months

Coach Monty Williams did not update the status of Jason Smith (knee) in his recent interview.

Williams updated just about every other injured player on his team, so this does kind of speak volumes. General manager Dell Demps also declined to say if the team would bring Smith back in an interview last month. Basically, it sounds like the Pelicans aren't bringing the unrestricted free agent back and have more confidence in Jeff Withey.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 7 Months

Pelican GM Dell Demps declined to say if he wants free agent PF/C Jason Smith back.

Smith appeared in 31 games this season, averaging 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds before going down with a knee injury. The No. 20 overall pick back in 2007 will not be a priority free agent, so the Pelicans can take their time. Smith has battled knee, concussion, ankle and hip issues since joining the New Orleans in 2010.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 10 Months

Jason Smith (knee) is out for the rest of the season after his knee surgery.

He had surgery last week on Jan. 29 on his right knee to remove loose bodies, but he's not going to be making it back to the lineup. The Pelicans are a mess at center right now and fantasy owners in most formats shouldn't be paying much attention to guys like Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca.