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Smith has dished 10 or more assists in three of the past five games and he is averaging 10.1 points. He ranks fourth in the NBA in assists, averaging 8.4 a game. Smith is playing for his ninth different team since 2010-11 season. Smith has mostly been a backup for the majority of his career but saw extended minutes last season with Philadelphia, averaging 12.0 points and 6.1 assists in 27.1 minutes in 25 games. ”It’s really tough, especially just coming in,” Alvin Gentry said. ”It would have been different if he had been in training camp and had gone through the whole situation. But you just pick a guy up and then throw him out there, I thought he responded great. I just think it’s a situation and Dell and I talked about it and we just got to keep our head above water. We just got to keep playing hard and competing.”
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Ish Smith. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Smith, 6-0, 175, spent the 2015 preseason with Washington, appearing in five games while averaging 2.2 points and 4.0 assists in 11.5 minutes per game. Undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2010, Smith has appeared in 246 career regular season games with Houston, Memphis, Golden State, Orlando, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia, holding career averages of 3.6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game. New Orleans’ roster now stands at 15.
Shams Charania: New Orleans has claimed free agent guard Ish Smith off waivers, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Smith has a one-year non-guaranteed deal.
Scott Kushner: #Pelicans only have 14 on roster, so no other move necessary to add Ish Smith. Expect an official announcement sometime tomorrow. @hoopshype
Jeff Zillgitt: Also looking to bolster depth at point guard, Sixers contemplating claiming Ish Smith before he clears waivers, I’ve been told.