The NBA is suspending Knicks guard J,R. Smith for violating the league's substance abuse policy, sources tell Yahoo Sports— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 6, 2013
The suspension is expected to be for 5 games, which is the punishment for a 3rd positive test for marijuana, per the New York Daily News.
J.R. Smith is expected to be suspended five games for violating the drug policy, the Daily News has learned— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 6, 2013
NBA suspends a player five games only after a third positive test for marijuana.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 6, 2013
Smith was New York's second offensive option last season behind Carmelo Anthony and won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. However, Smith struggled mightily in the playoffs, shooting just 33 percent from the field as the Knicks were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Indiana Pacers.
In the offseason the Knicks resigned Smith to a three-year, $17.95 million contract. Smith subsequently underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. It is unclear how long that surgery will keep him out.