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With Metta World Peace on board, Knicks face starting season without Smith

Just as they got Metta World Peace, the New York Knicks lost J.R. Smith.

So the enthusiasm over landing a player that general manager Glen Grunwald says could be the Knicks' "missing piece" was tempered by the news they could start next season without one of their key contributors.

Smith dealt with knee pain all season and wanted the chance to deal with it his way in the summer.

When it wouldn't get better, he agreed to surgery that could have him on the sideline when next season opens.