New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, who won the NBA Sixth Man Award this past season, had knee surgery that will sideline him about 3-4 months, the team announced.
Smith had patellar tendon surgery as well as an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee.
According to the team, the condition was chronic and getting worse. It began bothering him during the playoffs and resulted in fluid on the knee, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
The prognosis of 3-4 months of recovery times means he should be back sometime between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. The 2013-2014 preseason begins October 4, and the regular season starts October 29.
Last week, he re-signed with the Knicks for four years, $24.7 million.
Smith, 27, averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 33.5 minutes for the Knicks this past regular season. He averaged just 14.3 points during the playoffs, when his field-goal percentage slipped to 33.1 percent, including 27.3 percent on three-pointers.