Earlier this offseason, J.R. Smith signed a three-year, $17.95 million contract, of which,
the reigning Sixth Man of the Year has already received $8.974 million – per probasektballtalk.com.
In mid-July, Smith had knee surgery to repair his left patella tendon as well his lateral meniscus. The initial belief was that it would take 12-16 weeks for Smith to achieve a full recovery, meaning that he would likely miss the beginning of the season.
Not only is there no longer a firm timetable in place for when Smith will return to the court but according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, among others, Smith will be suspended for five games due to violating the NBA drug policy.
The length of Smith’s suspension suggests that he did not test positive for a performance-enhancing drug but rather that this is a result of testing positive for marijuana. The first offense for violating the league’s drug policy is having to enter a program, while a second offense results in a $25,000 fine, a third offense calls for a five game suspension.