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Knicks' J.R. Smith Out 3-4 Months After Knee Surgery

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks may have guard J.R. Smith locked up, but now they have to turn their attention to his health as Smith will need to undergo knee surgery.

The Knicks announced on Monday that Smith had patella tendon surgery and his knee scoped to repair a tear in the lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Smith is expected to miss three to four months so he can fully recover from the surgery. Hopefully for the Knicks, Smith will be ready for the 2013-2014 season.

Last week, Smith agreed to a four-year deal with the Knicks worth $24.7 million.

According to, the team was aware that Smith needed the procedure before they had signed him to his new deal. He was reportedly feeling pain in his knee during the playoffs and had fluid in his knee. After shooting .422% during the regular season, Smith struggled immensely during the playoffs. In 11 playoffs games this past season, Smith shot just .331%.

Last season, Smith became just the third player in franchise history to win the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. Smith averaged career highs in points, rebounds and minutes last season.

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