Ishmael Smith Rumors

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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.”
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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.’ ”