Josh Smith
F FA
1 month ago

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

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

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, Smith should add some much-needed depth to the frontcourt. He was signed under an injury hardship exception.

Josh Smith
F FA
1 year ago

Smith signed a three-month deal with the Sichuan Whales (China) on Tuesday, The Vertical reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 years ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 years ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Josh Smith
F FA
2 years ago

Smith (coach's decision) has gone unused in each of the Rockets' last five games.

EDGE Analysis

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.