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02/17/2012 10:40 am ET

J.R. Smith, Knicks Agree To Deal

The New York Knicks roster just got a little bit deeper. The New York Post reported Friday morning that the Knicks are expected to officially sign J.R. Smith, who had been playing in China and became eligible to return to the league on Wednesday.

Smith confirmed his decision to play in the Big Apple on Twitter.

Per the Post report, Smith will be at Madison Square Garden tonight when the Knicks take on the Hornets, but he will make his debut on Sunday against the Mavericks.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles reported on Thursday that the Knicks and Clippers were the frontrunners to sign Smith, but he was also considering the Lakers, Pacers and Magic.

Smith, 26, spent five seasons with the Denver Nuggets (four and a half with Carmelo Anthony).

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