Top Josh Smith News

  • Josh Smith: Released by Pels

    Smith was released by the Pelicans on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    The veteran joined the Pelicans as an injury exemption late last month, and his stay with the team was always expected to be a brief one. Smith appeared in only three contests for New Orleans, logging only 12 total minutes and scoring two points to go with four rebounds. The 31-year-old will look to catch on with another team but may end up back overseas, where he spent much of last season.

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  • Pelicans' Josh Smith: Officially signing with Pels

    Smith will officially sign with the Pelicans on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    Smith was waiting to receive clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association before signing, but the proper paperwork has now been filed and the veteran will join the Pelicans as an injury exemption. As such, Smith's stay in New Orleans will likely be relatively short, and he should be avoided in fantasy contests until his exact role with the team is clear. Last season in China, Smith averaged 18.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 26 contests.

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  • Pelicans' Josh Smith: Expected to be available

    Smith is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Cleveland, ESPN reports.

    Smith officially signed with the Pelicans on Saturday afternoon, and the veteran was present at the team's walk-through, indicating that he'll likely be an option off the bench. Smith, who did not play in the NBA last season, appeared in 26 games in China in 2015-16, averaging 18.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. If he does, indeed, play Saturday, Smith's minutes would likely be limited.

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  • Pelicans' Josh Smith: Will be active Saturday

    Smith will be active for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, Will Guillory of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    The newly signed Smith was with the team at shootaround Saturday morning, and coach Alvin Gentry has confirmed that he'll be an option off the bench after officially signing with the team less than 24 hours ago. Smith is unlikely to see a significant workload, though the Pelicans are starved for depth on the wing.

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  • Pelicans' Josh Smith: Not available to play Thursday

    Smith (coach's decision) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Kings, Will Guillory of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Smith just signed with the Pelicans a day ago, so that doesn't give him enough time to get ready for his team debut. It's especially unfortunate, as he would have provided some much-needed depth in the frontcourt with Anthony Davis (knee) likely sitting out. The Pelicans next play against the Cavaliers on Saturday, which is likely Smith's target date to partake in his first game with the Pelicans.

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  • Pelicans' Josh Smith: Will sign with Pelicans

    Smith plans to sign with the Pelicans, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    With 12 previous years of NBA experience, Smith is no stranger to the league, though his last action came during the 2015-16 season split between the Rockets and Clippers. Most recently, Smith has been playing with the Sichaun Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association and is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he averaged 18.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 blocks across 26 games. With injuries to the likes of Anthony Davis (knee) and Solomon Hill (hamstring) at the two forward spots, as well as Alexis Ajinca (knee) and Omer Asik (illness) at center, Smith should add some much-needed depth to the frontcourt. He was signed under an injury hardship exception.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-9, 225 lbs
Birthplace: College Park, GA, USA
Age: 35
Experience: 12