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Dennis Smith: Signs one-year deal
Smith (elbow) inked a one-year contract with the Hornets on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Smith has bounced around the NBA over the past few seasons, logging time with the Knicks, Pistons and most recently the Trail Blazers. The former ninth overall pick appeared in 37 games for Portland in 2021-22, averaging 5.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 17.4 minutes of action. Smith joins a relatively thin Charlotte backcourt and will look to push second-year guard James Bouknight for backup minutes behind LaMelo Ball. Smith was dealing with a partially torn UCL when he was let go by the Hornets in February, but that is presumably no longer an issue.... See More ... See Less
Dennis Smith: Let go by Portland
The Trail Blazers plan to waive Smith (elbow) on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
By cutting Smith, Portland will be able to free up a spot on the 15-man roster for rookie big man Trendon Watford, who is having his two-way contract converted into a standard four-year NBA deal. Before suffering a partial tear to the UCL of his right elbow earlier this month, Smith appeared in 37 games for Portland, averaging 5.6 points, 3.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 17.2 minutes per contest. The 2017 lottery pick is on an expiring contract and isn't expected to be fully recovered from the elbow injury until around mid-March, so Portland determined it was better off using his roster spot elsewhere.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Out at least 3-to-4 weeks
Smith was diagnosed Wednesday with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow and will miss the next 3-to-4 weeks, Blazers studio host Jamie Hudson reports.
Smith had already missed the last two games with the elbow issue, and he'll now remain out through at least the first week or two of March. It's a hit to the Blazers' guard depth, which is already thin with Eric Bledsoe (Achilles) and Damian Lillard (abdomen) sidelined. With Smith sidelined, Justise Winslow could get some looks as a primary ball-handler behind Anfernee Simons.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Remains out Wednesday
Smith (elbow) won't play in Wednesday's game against Memphis, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Smith will miss a third straight matchup with a right elbow strain, as the guard will have to wait until after the All-Star break to potentially make his Trail Blazers' debut. The former NC State standout is currently averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 assists across 37 games played this year.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Unavailable Monday
Smith (elbow) is out Monday against Milwaukee, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Smith will be unavailable for a second straight game due to a right elbow strain. Justise Winslow could see additional work once again.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Ruled out Saturday
Smith has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Knicks due to a right elbow strain, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
Smith wasn't initially listed on the Trail Blazers' injury report, but he'll be unable to suit up against New York. Justise Winslow could see a slight uptick in playing time Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Drops 11 dimes in win
Smith finished Wednesday's 107-105 win over the Lakers with seven points (3-5 FG, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, 11 assists and six steals in 22 minutes.
Smith was the assist magnet in the surprising win, and he proved to be more effective than Ben McLemore in the backcourt as a ball distributor. The line differential between Smith and Anfernee Simons is intriguing because the split could be a portent of things to come. Simons continued to thrive without a big assist number, making him the heir apparent to CJ McCollum when Damian Lillard (abdomen) returns to take over the point position.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Available Sunday
Smith (ankle/knee) is available for Sunday's game against the Bulls.
Smith will play through the ankle and knee injuries for the second straight game, which isn't a surprise since he was considered probable for Sunday. He's averaged 4.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 12.2 minutes across his past five contests.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Likely to play vs. Bulls
Smith (ankle/knee) is probable for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Smith appears likely to play through his injuries for a second consecutive game. He was held scoreless with a rebound, two assists and a steal in 12 minutes during Friday's win over Houston.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Available Friday
Smith (ankle) will be available in a reserve role Friday versus the Rockets, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Smith is set to return from a one-game absence and will resume his role as a depth guard. He has averaged 12.4 minutes off the bench across the last five games.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Questionable Friday
Smith (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game at Houston, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Smith missed Wednesday's matchup with the Mavericks, but his absence could be limited to one game. He's averaged 5.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 12.4 minutes off the bench across his past five appearances.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Out Wednesday
Smith (ankle) won't play Wednesday against the Mavericks, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Smith was questionable with a sprained right ankle and is unavailable for Wednesday's contest. Ben McLemore and CJ Elleby should see more run for Portland, especially since Nassir Little (shoulder) is also sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Questionable Wednesday
Smith (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl reports.
The ankle has bothered Smith for the last few games, but he's previously been listed as probable, so it's possible he re-tweaked it during Tuesday night's 109-107 loss to Minnesota. Smith finished that game with eight points, six assists, two rebounds and one steal in 12 minutes off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Available Tuesday
Smith (ankle) is available for Tuesday's matchup against the Timberwolves, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.
As expected, Smith will play through a sprained right ankle. This month, he's averaging 6.4 points, 3.5 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.5 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Trail Blazers' Dennis Smith: Listed probable Tuesday
Smith (ankle) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, Blazers radio voice Jay Allen reports.
Once again, the Blazers have included Smith on the injury report, but he's yet to miss any time with the right ankle sprain he's battled for the last several games. Smith saw 14 minutes of action off the bench against Toronto on Sunday and posted five points, six assists and one rebound. With Damian Lillard (abdomen) sidelined for several more weeks, Smith should continue picking up bench minutes behind Anfernee Simons and CJ McCollum.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-2, 205 lbs|
|Birthplace: Fayetteville, NC|
|School: NC State|