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The 26-year-old Smith is definitely an intriguing player. Even if it’s in a backup role. “That’s OK with me,” Smith said. “I just surprised myself as a starter. I am not going to lie. I’m sure it surprised everybody in the NBA. Hopefully, wherever it might be, I am ready. I have a lot to work on, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know I have more that I can give. I’m not going to take much time off. I’m getting right back at it.”
Nerlens Noel said that when he called Ish Smith the first “true point guard I ever played with,” it was not a knock on Michael Carter-Williams. “Nah, I’d never do that,” the 76ers rookie said Wednesday about his former point guard. “He’s a playmaker. There are times when you need a scoring point guard that’s going to get in the lane, create and make scoring opportunities.
Nerlens Noel said his comments about Ish Smith being the first “true point guard I ever played with” wasn’t a knock on Michael Carter-Williams. “Nah, I’d never do that,” Noel said Wednesday about the former 76ers point guard. “He’s a playmaker. There are times when you need a scoring point guard that’s going to get in the lane, create and make scoring opportunities. That’s just the way the NBA is when you are that big [6-foot-6]. It’s good that you utilize your length and your ability to get the basket. I would never take a shot at him.”
So Smith, a journeyman on his eighth team in five years, is the “first true point guard” even though Noel spent the first four months of the season with former AAU teammate/2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams? Noel repeated the line to a pair of reporters a few minutes later. Soon after, I approached Noel to see if he means he thinks his offensive development coincided with the Feb. 19 trade in which Carter-Williams was dealt to the Bucks for the Lakers’ top-5 protected pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. “I think there’s a lot more fluidity in the game,” Noel said. “I think there’s more balance. Guys are getting more shots. The ball’s not sticking and guys are having fun playing. When you’re out there having fun, you feel like you can do anything on both ends of the court.”
Noel is flourishing with Smith, who was signed Feb. 22, at the point. “I want him back (next year),” Noel said.
Following the Sixers’ disappointing 113-111 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, Noel chose some interesting words when praising his teammate Ish Smith after the game. “I love that kid,” Noel (19 points, 14 rebounds) said of Smith (17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) post-game. “He just finds me whenever I’m open and honestly, he’s the first true point-guard I’ve ever really played with. And you know, he said I’m one of the alley-oop men—big men—he’s played with. So I think we compliment each other so well.”
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived guard Ish Smith, who was acquired by New Orleans earlier in the day from Oklahoma City, along with the rights to Latavious Williams, cash considerations and draft considerations.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired a 2016 protected second round draft pick from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for guard Ish Smith, a 2015 protected second round pick, the rights to Latavious Williams and cash considerations, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today.
Darnell Mayberry: To get down to 15 players, the Thunder is expected to waive Ish Smith, while Grant Jerrett was included in the three-team deal.
Before joining OKC, he knew a few of the players – growing up in Charlotte with Anthony Morrow, going on an official visit to Wake Forest with Westbrook, facing off with Jackson in the ACC and playing summer ball with Durant when he was 16. But since joining OKC, his friendships with those four and everyone else has blossomed. “It’s character. It’s work ethic,” Durant said. “Just who he is as a person. It’s easy for him to fit in. He came in the first day and it feels like he’s been here forever.” “Loving spirit, kind spirit, easy to be around,” Jackson said. “Ish is the man.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed free agent guard Ish Smith to a contract pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
What is a hardship exception? It’s a temporary roster spot that must be granted by the league. It allows a team to exceed the 15-man maximum roster when it has at least four players who are sick or injured for longer than two weeks. Each of the four sick or injured players must miss at least three consecutive games during their two-week absence. An independent physician, not the team’s doctor, must decide whether each player is required to miss two weeks. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Mitch McGary and Grant Jerrett all having missed at least three straight games while sidelined for at least the season’s first month with various injuries, the Thunder meets the criteria.
With seven players currently sidelined by injuries, the Thunder will sign guard Ish Smith using a hardship exception recently awarded by the league, according to a source. He is expected to be in uniform Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Oklahoman earlier reported news of Smith’s signing. Smith, 26, has played for seven teams in four seasons, most recently appearing in 70 games last season with the Phoenix Suns. He was with the Houston Rockets in the preseason before being waived.
The Thunder is set to add point guard Ishmael Smith to its roster using a rare exception available only when the league determines a team is dealing with a hardship. It can be a complex and confusing process for fans attempting to following along as the Thunder acquires another player. So here’s a quick cheat sheet of answers to some of the more common questions about the exception and the journeyman point guard the Thunder is bringing in.
Long-awaited relief for the Thunder’s injury-ravaged roster has made its way to town. The Thunder has agreed to sign point guard Ishmael Smith via the hardship exception, a rare temporary roster spot the league must grant to allow depleted teams to exceed the 15-man roster maximum.
Darnell Mayberry: PG Ish Smith underwent a physical for the Thunder today in OKC and has been pegged as the team’s hardship relief. Could be in uniform Friday
The Thunder have contacted a few veteran point guards like Ish Smith, but no decision on a replacement, if any, has been made yet.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has waived Jeff Adrien, Earl Clark, Robert Covington, Akeem Richmond and guard Ish Smith. The Rockets roster now stands at 15.
Shams Charania: Rockets releasing Jeff Adrien, w/ second cut possibly Francisco Garcia or Ish Smith, sources tell RealGM. It’d solidify Tarik Black’s spot.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce signings of center Joey Dorsey, foward Jeff Adrien and gd Ish Smith, all – as w/ Ariza – making second stints with team.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets reach agreement to sign g Ish Smith, another former Rockets player. One year, fully guaranteed minimum contract. Yahoo reported 1st.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Guard Ish Smith has reached a 1-year deal with Houston, league source tells Yahoo.
The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Ish Smith, the team announced today. “We thank Ish Smith for his contributions to the Suns,” said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “He played with an infectious joy. We wish him well.”