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On To The Next One: Chris Smith

New York Knicks shooting guard Chris Smith speaks to the media at the MSG Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Former New York Knicks shooting guard Chris Smith has signed with CAA basketball agent Leon Rose. Photo Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that point guard Chris Smith changed agents.  He was formerly represented by Marc Cornstein, but was projected to change to his brother’s agent Leon Rose at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Chris Smith’s brother is the popular New York Knicks player J.R. Smith.

Chris Smith played a couple of years of college ball at Manhattan College before transferring to the University of Louisville for his junior and senior seasons.  Chris went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft, but signed a contract with the New York Knicks in August 2012.  He was waived two months later after suffering a knee injury.

It is looking like Chris and J.R. will be back together in New York next year with the Knicks.  However, in order for that to happen, Chris will need to have his new agent structure a new deal that makes it worthwhile for the organization.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.