Smith was recalled from the G League by the Suns on Friday, Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com reports. The 21-year-old has been playing with the Agua Caliente Clippers in the G League bubble for nearly two weeks, but he'll rejoin the Suns this weekend. Smith will provide frontcourt depth but is unlikely to see much playing time with Dario Saric (ankle) the only player currently listed on the injury report.
Smith recorded 18 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and a block across 15 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's loss against the Raptors 905. Smith was one of four players that didn't play more than 15 minutes, but he made the most of his limited playing time and missed just two shots from the field en route to his best scoring output of the campaign. He's averaging 11.0 points per game over his first two G League appearances.
The Suns assigned Smith to the G League's Agua Caliente Clippers on Monday, the Associated Press reports. With Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder, Frank Kaminsky, Dario Saric and Cameron Johnson locked in as the Suns' clear top five options at either power forward or center, Smith has been largely outside of head coach Monty Williams' rotation since playing 16 minutes in the season opener. The G League assignment will at least give Smith the opportunity to pick up some much-needed playing time, but the demotion isn't a great early sign for the No. 10 overall pick's long-term outlook in the NBA.
Smith (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's game against the Magic, Gerald Bourquet of FanSided.com reports. Smith has fallen out of the rotation in recent games, but he'll be inactive against Orlando for an undisclosed reason. Even if he's available Tuesday against the Nets, he's unlikely to see much playing time for the Suns.
Smith (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) was active for Friday's 130-126 overtime loss to the Nuggets, but he went unused off the bench. The rookie first-round pick had already been excised from head coach Monty Williams' rotation before entering the league's health and safety protocol Jan. 7, so Smith's lack of use in his return to action didn't come as a major surprise. The Suns used Deandre Ayton, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and Frank Kaminsky as their frontcourt options Friday, and Smith will likely drop to sixth in the pecking order among the Suns' big men once Dario Saric clears the health and safety protocol.
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