But now, a recent tweet from the brother of J.R. Smith may suggest otherwise.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Gametime 1pm eastern time</p>— Chris Smith (@TheOnlyCSmith0) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheOnlyCSmith0/statuses/420815520141565953">January 8, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The above tweet describes a game-time that fans can tune into to watch Smith play--- 1PM EST. As per Wednesday's schedule at the NBA D-League Showcase, only the Erie BayHawks and Idaho Stampede play one another at that specific time.
So with that in mind, it may mean that Smith will don a BayHawks' uniform yet again.
Despite having been on assignment with Erie earlier in the year via the Knicks, the D-League affiliate did not own any specific rights to Smith. For the team to have reacquired the guard as a full-time minor league athlete, Smith would likely had to have cleared waivers after entering the D-League Player Pool this past weekend.
If a player like Smith clears waivers after going unclaimed for 48 hours, then any team in the NBADL is free to sign him without putting in some sort of priority claim.
For what it's worth, the D-Fenders are believed to have a decent spot on the league's team waiver wire. More on this if/when it becomes official.