Dennis Smith Jr. will make his return to the Knicks' lineup on Tuesday night, per The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov.
Smith has been out since Oct. 26, as he has been with his family grieving the loss of his stepmother. The Knicks were giving him all the time he needed before making his return to the team.
Smith has been back with the Knicks since last week, and it was believed that he may be able to play against the Mavericks on Friday night. However, the team wanted to make sure he was game-ready, and decided to wait until Tuesday against the Bulls.
His return to the lineup helps head coach David Fizdale tremendously, with the point guard position having little depth with Elfrid Payton still out due to a hamstring injury. Frank Ntilikina has been the primary point guard lately, but players like RJ Barrett and Allonzo Trier have led the point, too.
Smith hasn't had the start to the season he would have liked, but maybe the time away will allow him to regroup and find his rhythm on the court again. Over three games this season, Smith has totaled only three points on 1-of-11 shooting with three assists.