J.R. Smith Arrested in Miami Beach

J.R. Smith, the guard with a history of legal troubles, was arrested in Miami Beach on Thursday for failing to appear in court on a traffic matter.

Smith, 26, was cited in May 2011 for operating a scooter without a valid driver’s license and was ordered to stand trial on July 25. When he failed to show, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

The same officers who cited Smith last year spotted him at a South Beach business on Thursday evening, according to a police spokesman. The arrest affidavit notes that the officers “were aware of a possible bench warrant for a previous Miami Beach arrest.”

Smith, whose legal name is Earl Joseph Smith, was taken to the Miami-Dade County jail and was later released on bond.

Smith’s license was suspended in 2009, as part of his sentence for a 2007 reckless driving accident that killed his friend, Andre Bell. The suspension ran through March of this year. Smith, who lives in New Jersey, has had his license suspended five other times.

The Knicks declined comment Friday. Smith’s agent, Leon Rose, did not respond to an e-mail message.

Smith signed with the Knicks in February, after five seasons with the Denver Nuggets and a brief stint in China during the N.B.A. lockout.

Although Smith generally steered clear of trouble this season, the N.B.A. fined him $25,000 in March for posting an inappropriate photo on his Twitter account. Smith has a $2.5 million option for next season. He has said he hopes to return.

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