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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smith signed a three-month deal with the Sichuan Whales (China) on Tuesday, The Vertical reports.
The deal is reportedly worth $1.5 million, which is only a small fraction of the money Smith is still receiving from the Pistons after the team parted ways with him in December of 2014. Smith, who will receive $5.3 million per year from Detroit through 2019-20, ended last season with the Rockets but failed to draw significant interest as a free agent this summer. There's still a chance the soon-to-be-31-year-old could return to the NBA this season, however, as he'd be eligible to sign with a team after the conclusion of the Chinese season.
Smith played six minutes in Wednesday's 114-81 Game 5 loss to the Warriors, providing no points (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two assists, one rebound, and one block.
Smith was a virtual non-entity throughout the five-game series, playing more than 10 minutes on just one occasion while turning the ball over five times and grabbing just two rebounds. He wasn't much better in his 23 regular season appearances with Rockets after coming over in a trade from the Clippers in January, averaging 6.6 points (on 34.3% shooting), 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 turnovers across 18.2 minutes. After fizzling out in multiple locations over the last two seasons and failing to show much improvement with his shot selection or defensive effort, Smith's days as a useful rotation piece in the NBA may be over.
Smith scored 11 points (3-6 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding three rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 23 minutes during the Rockets' 129-105 win over the Timberwolves on Monday.
After appearing in only two of 16 March matchups, Smith has at least seen the floor in four of the five games to start April. His minutes have also increased in each contest, but the last time he saw 20 minutes or more was on Feb. 29. It's unclear whether Smith has officially fought his way back into the regular rotation, but there is more reason to trust him in fantasy now given that he has played a combined 60 minutes over the last three games.
Smith (coach's decision) has gone unused in each of the Rockets' last five games.
Both Smith and Terrence Jones seem to have fallen out of favor with interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who has inserted Michael Beasley and Montrezl Harrell into the rotation of late to the detriment of Smith and Jones. Over 50 games this season split between the Clippers and Rockets, Smith is averaging 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds across 15.9 minutes while shooting 35.3 percent from the field, a woeful mark for any player, much less a 6-foot-8 forward. The 30-year-old may be running out of opportunities to stick around in the league while his shooting remains a major issue.
Smith recorded 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal across 25 minutes in Monday's 128-121 loss to the Bucks.
It was Smith's first double-digit scoring performance since Feb. 2, and over his last 10 contests, the veteran forward is averaging 5.5 points (on 29.6% shooting), 2.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Though Smith continues to hold down a starting role at power forward, if he doesn't discover his shooting stroke quickly, he could cede playing time to Clint Capela (ankle), Donatas Motiejunas, and/or Terrence Jones.
Smith (calf) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Jazz, Johnathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith sat out the fourth quarter of Friday's game against the Suns because of a cramp in his calf, but after a few days off for rest, he's good to go for Tuesday's matchup with the Jazz. He's expected to remain in the starting lineup and shouldn't have any restrictions barring any in-game aggravation to the calf injury. In 12 games with the Rockets this season, Smith is averaging seven points, 3.1 rebounds and two assists over 18 minutes.
Smith did not play in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against Phoenix due to a cramp in his calf, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.
Smith exited the game late in the third quarter with cramping in his calf, and with the Rockets firmly in control by that point in the game, coach J.B Bickerstaff opted to rest the veteran forward rather than rush him back into a game that had all but been decided. His situation will be one to monitor throughout the weekend, but the Rockets don't play again until Tuesday, giving Smith plenty of time to recover. Smith finished the game with three points on 1-of-7 seven shooting to go with three rebounds and two turnovers across 23 minutes.
Smith didn't score (0-3 FG) and contributed one rebound and one block over six minutes in Wednesday's 116-103 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Since going off for 19 points over 21 minutes in a spot start Feb. 2 against the Heat, Smith's production has hit a steep decline in the Rockets' last four games. He's seen his court time trail off dramatically with the returns of Dwight Howard (ankle) and Clint Capela (hip) to full health, and is averaging 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists over 11.3 minutes in that four-game stretch. Feel free to leave Smith on the wire now that he's no longer seeing meaningful minutes.
Smith scored a season-high 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt) with four rebounds and two steals during 21 minutes in Tuesday's 115-102 win against the Heat.
Smith made the most of his start by outplaying Terrence Jones despite Jones receiving more minutes (29). He's shown signs of life with all the injuries to Houston's frontcourt and is likely worth a flyer in deeper leagues, but expect a short shelf life.
Smith will draw the start at center for Tuesday's game against the Heat, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Dwight Howard (suspension), Clint Capela (hip) and Donatas Motiejunas (back) are all sitting out, which gives Smith the chance to move into the starting lineup at center. Smith is expected to split the minutes at center with Terrence Jones, but considering the number of injuries in the frontcourt, both will likely see a bump in their normal allotment of minutes.
Smith scored a season-high 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-2 FT, 2-6 3Pt) to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench Sunday versus the Mavericks.
Smith has played in two games since returning to Houston, and while his abysmal 29 percent shooting leaves plenty to be desired, he has chipped with averages of four rebounds, four assists, two steals and 2.5 blocks. The veteran is long past his days of being a fantasy star, and while he is unlikely to score consistently, he has demonstrated that he is still capable of contributing across the board when given regular playing time. He figures to continue seeing just over 20 minutes per night as a reserve for the Rockets.
Smith is not expected to play Friday, but could be available as early as Sunday's game against the Mavericks, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was traded from the Clippers to the Rockets early Friday morning, but won't be available to play for the Rockets in Friday night's game against the Bucks. At the earliest, Smith could be available to play on Sunday, although it's seems likely that his best chance to make his 2015-16 debut with the Rockets will be Monday versus the Pelicans.
Smith has been traded to the Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to foreign players, as well as cash, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com reports.
The 11-year veteran out of Oak Hill Academy will be traded to the Rockets, a team that he most recently played 55 games for during the 2014-15 season. Smith was buried on the depth chart in Los Angeles and had struggled to receive meaningful playing time, so the Clippers felt comfortable dealing the forward in order to save close to $2 million in luxury taxes. There's a chance he's able to re-establish some value in the move to Houston, although he'll still likely begin his time with the Rockets backing up the likes of Clint Capela and Terrence Jones in the frontcourt. Donatas Motiejunas has been dealing with a back injury as well and is without a timetable for return, so Smith offers another body to throw into the mix.
Smith recorded nine points (4-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three boards, three steals, one assist, and one block across 20 minutes in Wednesday's 104-90 triumph over the Heat.
Smith had been left on the bench in coach's decision in each of the previous three games, but with both Blake Griffin (quad) and DeAndre Jordan (illness) unavailable Wednesday, coach Doc Rivers needed to dig deeper into his pool of big men. While Smith wasn't a disaster in his 20 minutes on the floor, it was Cole Aldrich (19 points, seven boards, three assists) who made the most of the opportunity. Jordan is expected to be back in action for Saturday's game against the Kings, which will likely result in Smith falling back out of the rotation.
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