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The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed free agent guard Ish Smith to a contract pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. NBA.com

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The Thunder is set to add point guard Ishmael Smith to its roster using a rare exception available only when the league determines a team is dealing with a hardship. It can be a complex and confusing process for fans attempting to following along as the Thunder acquires another player. So here’s a quick cheat sheet of answers to some of the more common questions about the exception and the journeyman point guard the Thunder is bringing in. Oklahoman

With seven players currently sidelined by injuries, the Thunder will sign guard Ish Smith using a hardship exception recently awarded by the league, according to a source. He is expected to be in uniform Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Oklahoman earlier reported news of Smith's signing. Smith, 26, has played for seven teams in four seasons, most recently appearing in 70 games last season with the Phoenix Suns. He was with the Houston Rockets in the preseason before being waived. ESPN.com

What is a hardship exception? It’s a temporary roster spot that must be granted by the league. It allows a team to exceed the 15-man maximum roster when it has at least four players who are sick or injured for longer than two weeks. Each of the four sick or injured players must miss at least three consecutive games during their two-week absence. An independent physician, not the team’s doctor, must decide whether each player is required to miss two weeks. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Mitch McGary and Grant Jerrett all having missed at least three straight games while sidelined for at least the season’s first month with various injuries, the Thunder meets the criteria. Oklahoman

Long-awaited relief for the Thunder’s injury-ravaged roster has made its way to town. The Thunder has agreed to sign point guard Ishmael Smith via the hardship exception, a rare temporary roster spot the league must grant to allow depleted teams to exceed the 15-man roster maximum. Oklahoman

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Jonathan Feigen: Rockets reach agreement to sign g Ish Smith, another former Rockets player. One year, fully guaranteed minimum contract. Yahoo reported 1st. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

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The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Ish Smith, the team announced today. "We thank Ish Smith for his contributions to the Suns," said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. "He played with an infectious joy. We wish him well." NBA.com

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His teammates seem to have a better feel, especially his neighbor this season on team flights. "He wants to be back," Smith said. "He likes it here." Arizona Republic

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Smith played a full season with one team for the first time in his career after having played for two teams in each of his first three seasons. The Suns have a team option to bring him back next season at an NBA-affordable $985,000, which is what the 25-year-old made this season. "I'd love to stay," Smith said. "It's nice here. I like the coaches. I like the style. They allow me to play the way I like to play. It was a good start to hopefully being somewhere that I can stay for a little bit. "When you're with a high school team, you're with that same coach for four years and you develop. The same with college. That's why you see consistency with San Antonio and those teams. Coach (Jeff Hornacek) knows what he's getting out of me. He knows what I need to work on and get better at and the guys upstairs know the same. When you come back after building confidence with your team the first year, it continues to get better and you still take steps forward." Arizona Republic

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