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It remains to be seen how Smith’s production impacts the Sixers’ moves on draft night, at the trade deadline and in free agency now that there isn’t a glaring hole at the one spot. “I think he has shown he has the capacity to do a lot more than maybe where he was picked because he’s bounced around quite a bit,” Colangelo said. “It’s a great story that finally maybe he’s landed somewhere where he could do a lot more than fit that description or that role. I think you always have to keep your options open on everything. “But I would say this: A month ago, we really had a big need. That need is a lot less today because of what he’s shown he’s capable of doing.”
Ishmael Smith was under the impression that the Sixers, too, wanted him to return. So he left it up to his agent at the time to work out a deal. Confident that Smith would get a market-value offer from his desired team, the agent turned down a $2.9 million deal from the Phoenix Suns. Then he turned down a $1.5 million offer from the Sacramento Kings. “He was like, ‘Yeah, Coach, it’s going to be good,’ ” said Scott Brewer, who coached Smith at Central Cabarrus High School here. ” ‘I’m going to be back with the Sixers. We should be signing in weeks or so.’ ”
One problem. “There was no negotiation [with the Sixers],” Ishmael Smith said. “I’m just going to leave it at that.” Smith’s only remaining option was to sign a nonguaranteed training camp contract with the Washington Wizards. He was waived Sept. 24 and picked up two days later by the New Orleans Pelicans. The Sixers passed on the opportunity to claim him off waivers.