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The Memphis Grizzlies recalled forward/center Jarnell Stokes and guard Russ Smith from the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today. Stokes was assigned to Iowa on March 17 while Smith was assigned on March 23. This completes the sixth assignment to Iowa for Stokes and the third for Smith, who also had three prior stints this season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
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The Memphis Grizzlies re-assigned guard Jordan Adams, forward/center Jarnell Stokes and guard Russ Smith to the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today. This marks the fourth assignment to Iowa for both Adams and Stokes and the first for Smith, who had three prior stints this season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
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The Memphis Grizzlies completed a three-team trade with the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans in which they acquired forward Jeff Green from Boston and guard Russ Smith from New Orleans. In exchange, Memphis traded forward Tayshaun Prince and a protected future first round draft pick to Boston and traded guard/forward Quincy Pondexter and a 2015 second round draft pick to New Orleans, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today. As part of the trade, New Orleans also has traded guard Austin Rivers to Boston. In addition, Memphis will receive a traded player exception.
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Memphis would send forward Quincy Pondexter to the Pelicans and the Pelicans will move guard Russ Smith to the Grizzlies, sources said. The teams still have issues to work The trade can’t be made official until the league office reopens on Monday. The Pelicans had agreed to send John Salmons to the Celtics on Friday, but backed away and pushed to include Rivers in the trade instead, league souces said.
Then the former U of L star Smith got to work himself, called up again from the Development League to record his first NBA points in a New Orleans Pelicans jersey. Playing in a 114-88 home loss to the Portland Trailblazers, Smith made his first shot on a fourth quarter 3-pointer and went on to finish with 5 points, 2 rebounds and 3 turnovers in a career-high 15 minutes. The Pelicans’ recall of Smith, who has been up and down from the NBA to the Mad Antz since originally going to Fort Wayne on Dec. 5, followed the release of guard Gal Mekel.
Still, Smith doesn’t appear overwhelmed like most rookies. He also doesn’t shy away from admitting mistakes. When asked what happened in the Atlanta game that caused Williams to yell at him, he honed up to his mistake. ”I knew the play that he had told me,” said Smith, who has averaged 6.6 points and 0.6 assists so far in the preseason. ”He was yelling something that I didn’t hear and I had ran something totally different. It was a miscommunication on my part. I wasn’t paying attention.”
Rather than try and strike a deal to get jersey No. 2 from Miller, which is what players often do, Smith has opted to instead wear the number worn by one of his favorite players. “I got a chance to know Rajon and follow him my sophomore year. I’m a big fan of his game,” Smith told WDRB-41 in Louisville, Kentucky. “When coach (former Celtics coach and current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino) asked me to watch film of point guards, he (Rondo) was one of the first people that I watched, along with Steve Nash, to help me prepare for my senior season.” Smith said as much in June when he was in town to work out for the Celtics. “Believe it or not, he’s actually my favorite point guard,” Smith said at the time. “I’m a score-first guy and been a score-first guy my whole life. But I like his poise, the way he gets into the lane. He’s able to find people and the way he’s able to pass the ball … a lot of people can’t do that.”
Before introducing center Omer Asik on Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans announced they had extended point guard Russ Smith a rookie-scaled contract. The Pelicans did not release the financial details of the contract or its length, but a league source confirmed that Smith agreed to a two-year guaranteed contract with an option for a third year. Also, the Pelicans have reportedly reached an agreement to extend rookie power forward Patric Young a two-year contract.
New Orleans Pelicans rookie point guard Russ Smith apparently has been impressive enough in summer league mini camp practices this week that he’s been extended a guaranteed contract offer. In an audio recording posted on the University of Louisville’s official athletic website, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said Smith has a guaranteed contract committed from the Pelicans. New Orleans acquired Smith in a draft night trade last month from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights of guard Pierre Jackson, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon injury last week in the Orlando Pro Summer League.