HoopsHype Craig Smith rumors

December 15, 2011 Updates
October 6, 2011 Updates

But apparently, the battle for bragging rights was enough to convince Gay that he would participate in the next show to determine which coast has the best players. After weeks of wrangling and tense negotiations, the Goodman League-Drew League rematch will finally take place on Sunday at Long Beach State University and Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls confirmed that Gay would join forces with Durant, Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Beasley, Sam Young and Donte Greene. Gay, Durant and Wall are also expected to participate in another exhibition game hosted by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Saturday at Florida International University in Miami, but Rawls said all three would complete the difficult back-to-back set. They will meet a fired-up Drew League team eager for revenge and featuring Harden, Jennings, Nick Young, Derrick Williams, DeMar Derozan, Dorell Wright, Craig Smith, Marcus Banks and Ryan Hollins. Washington Post

September 26, 2011 Updates

Craig Smith is fully behind Fisher and the union. But he also thinks the stars can bring more pressure to the table. "I think I would want to see them at the bargaining table," Smith said last month, at the Goodman (D.C.)-Shaw League (L.A.) game in Washington. "I mean, I don't know, I probably have a lot of people that probably agree with me, too, if we had those guys up front. Because (those are) people (who) you come to see win, every single game -- [Dwyane] Wade, Carmelo, Stoudemire, KG [Kevin Garnett], you know? Those are our leading guys, every year." NBA.com

September 7, 2011 Updates

Roth said via telephone Tuesday night he was unaware of any such meeting.] But Smiley said he hopes the game will happen Oct. 1. Smiley said the proposed game would feature mostly high school, college and pro players who are L.A. natives. Although he doesn't have a confirmed list, Smiley sounded confident that Drew League regulars such as Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Oklahoma City's James Harden, Sacramento's Pooh Jeter, the Clippers' Craig Smith, Washington's JaVale McGee and Nick Young, and Golden State's Dorell Wright would make up part of the roster. Los Angeles Times

December 21, 2010 Updates
December 17, 2010 Updates

Sam: Chris Richard always seems a possibility. As Gar Forman suggested Thursday, they’ll go with what they have now with the idea they weren’t playing Thomas, so that’s like an addition to the front line. With Boozer, Gibson, Asik and Thomas and Deng playing four on occasion, they figure for now there aren’t minutes, anyway, for someone else, and hardly anyone who would be good enough to play ahead of whom they already have. But I’ve got plenty of associate GMs on my emailing staff and some of the names suggested in trades or pickups include Craig Smith, Aaron Gray, Ryan Hollins, Derrick Brown, Joey Dorsey, Marressee Speights and Hasheem Thabeet. You’d probably have to give up J.J. in a deal, and, frankly, I’d rather keep him and get him some time before I give up on him. NBA.com

November 3, 2010 Updates
November 2, 2010 Updates

The Spurs worked out here one more time Tuesday morning before embarking for Phoenix. A little sore, but otherwise no worse for wear, guard George Hill did not practice with them. Dealing with the after-effects of Craig Smith’s takedown a night earlier in the Spurs’ victory over the L.A. Clippers, Hill received treatment while the rest of the team went through their paces at Santa Monica College. Hill, who is dealing with a neck condition similar to whiplash after Monday’s run-in with Smith, is considered questionable for Wednesday’s game against Phoenix. Beyond that, the injury is not expected to be a long-term problem. San Antonio Express-News

Tony Parker, who fashions himself as Hill’s big brother, had stronger words for Los Angeles forward Craig Smith. One minute and 20 seconds into the second quarter, Hill went airborne for a fast-break layup. Smith swooped over to take Hill down by the neck. Hill, who never saw his tackler coming, wound up with a spasm in his right trapezius muscle. Smith wound up with a flagrant-2 foul and an automatic ejection — and left the Staples Center court high-fiving fans. “It was dirty,” Parker said after the game. “Just a dirty play. It was dangerous. Just no need to do that.” Hill, who remained on the court for several minutes while the team’s medical staff attended to him, wouldn’t go that far. “It was just a hard foul,” Hill said. “That’s basketball,” Hill said. San Antonio Express-News

October 3, 2010 Updates
August 4, 2010 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers forward Craig Smith has undergone arthroscopic right knee surgery. The team said Tuesday that Smith will be sidelined four to six weeks. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games last season. He was re-signed as a free agent last month. ESPN.com

July 26, 2010 Updates
July 19, 2010 Updates

Noah Lookofsky, the agent for Craig Smith, said that the free-agent power forward has re-signed with the Clippers. Lookofsky said, via email to The Times, that the deal was for one year. Smith, who was acquired in a trade last summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves, made $2.3 million last season. He was considered one of the bright spots and became a fan favorite with his physical play, befitting his nickname, "The Rhino." Los Angeles Times

July 10, 2010 Updates

There aren’t many free-agent power forwards remaining, but the Nets continue to have talks with Henry Thomas, the agent for Udonis Haslem. If they cannot meet his price, there are fours that might merit short-term money (Al Harrington, Leon Powe, Matt Bonner, Craig Smith, Brian Cardinal, Ike Diogu, Kurt Thomas, Louis Amundson), but the Nets are looking for someone who can start until Derrick Favors grows into the job. Newark Star-Ledger

July 1, 2010 Updates

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