Jason Smith PF/C NY 2 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 2 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 3 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 5 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 7 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.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 8 Months

Jason Smith had successful surgery on his right knee on Wednesday.

The procedure removed loose bodies from his knee and Smith does not have a timetable to return. He's had a tough season due to multiple injuries and has been out of the lineup since Jan. 18. The Pelicans have been a mess with their frontcourt players next Anthony Davis and most fantasy owners shouldn't be looking to add Jeff Withey, Greg Stiemsma or Alexis Ajinca.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 8 Months

Jason Smith (knee) is set to have surgery to remove some loose cartilage in his right knee on Wednesday.

"A piece of cartilage kind of chipped off." Smith said. "They said if I tried to [play] through it, it could lock the knee up or tear some other stuff up." Smith is currently out indefinitely and the injuries keep mounting for a depleted Pelicans squad. Smith was averaging 26 minutes per game, and that time will now be dispersed to guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Alexis Ajinca, Jeff Withey and Greg Stiemsma. Aminu is probably the most attractive pickup out of that group.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 8 Months

Jason Smith suffered cartilage damage to his right knee and he's out indefinitely, the Pelicans announced on Saturday.

An MRI revealed the injury and the hits just keep coming for New Orleans. With Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) already on the shelf, the Pelicans need Anthony Davis to stay healthy while guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Alexis Ajinca and Greg Stiemsma provide some frontcourt support. Ajinca is worth a look in deeper leagues, and Aminu's minutes may increase, but there are no clear-cut winners in this unfortunate scenario.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 8 Months

Jason Smith played just 19 minutes on Monday, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and one steal.

Smith was lifted in the third quarter after his fourth foul and Monty Williams never went back to him, opting for Alexis Ajinca (seven points, four boards, two blocks) instead in a tight game vs. the Spurs. As long as Smith is starting and not injured, though, he'll be worth a look for owners in need of a big man.

Jason Smith PF/C NY 8 Months

Jason Smith was back in the starting lineup against the Mavericks on Saturday with 10 points, seven boards and one turnover in 19 minutes before fouling out.

He's been coming off the bench since returning from a shoulder injury on Jan. 7. Smith was putting up nice numbers while the Pelicans were without Anthony Davis, so he should be able to get some minutes in the 20s as the starting center. He's worth a look for owners seeking help in blocks and boards.