HoopsHype Ishmael Smith rumors

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The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent guard Ish Smith, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. NBA.com

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Evan Dunlap: Smith and Liggins will compete on the Magic's summer squad. Could sign w/ ORL or elsewhere depending on how they perform. Twitter

April 16, 2012 Updates

Stan Van Gundy made a surprising change to his rotation in Sunday night’s 100-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, electing to use Chris Duhon instead of Ish Smith as the backup to Jameer Nelson. The move caught many Magic fans off guard. Smith has become something of a cult hero in Central Florida. Many fans think he creates better for teammates and handles the basketball better. There’s no question he plays at a faster pace than Duhon. I asked Van Gundy why he made the switch after the game. “I loved the way that Ish had played,” Van Gundy said. “He still may play a role here. When we’re struggling, I wanted to go back to veteran guys. I think Ish penetrates the ball very well — maybe better than Chris right now — but I think we get better organization on the floor with Chris, which helps the other guys play well.” Orlando Sentinel

February 2, 2012 Updates

Smith, 23, signed with the Magic on Thursday as a free agent and is expected to provide immediate help at point guard. Coach Stan Van Gundy said Smith will "definitely" play Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith is by no means ready, but Van Gundy has little choice. Orlando Sentinel

Starting point guard Jameer Nelson will miss the game against the Cavs because of concussion symptoms. Nelson is not expected to play until Monday at the earliest. The Magic released veteran combo guard Larry Hughes after Wednesday night's win against the Washington Wizards to make room for Smith, a true guard. Orlando Sentinel

January 30, 2012 Updates

Point guards Ish Smith and Devan Downey have signed D-League contracts as they look to further their basketball careers, according to a league source. Smith will find a team when he clears waivers on Tuesday while Downey, a former SEC scoring champion, cleared waivers on Friday along with NBA veteran Rafer Alston. Ridiculous Upside

Point guards Ish Smith and Devan Downey have signed D-League contracts as they look to further their basketball careers, according to a league source. Smith will find a team when he clears waivers on Tuesday while Downey, a former SEC scoring champion, cleared waivers on Friday along with NBA veteran Rafer Alston. It's a surprising move for Smith to sign with the D-League considering just one month ago he was starting for the Golden State Warriors as an injury replacement for Stephen Curry, but it shows he wants to get back to the NBA as quick as possible -- and the D-League is likely going to be his quickest route. Ridiculous Upside

January 13, 2012 Updates

The Warriors created room on their roster while they search for a big man to replace injured Kwame Brown by waiving backup guard Ish Smith Friday afternoon. Smith, 23, appeared in six games (one start) with the Warriors, averaging 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 12.6 minutes. Contra Costa Times

The Warriors will likely cut reserve point guard Ish Smith and sign one of the forgotten big men on the market. Alexis Ajinca and Hilton Armstrong are playing in France, Dan Gadzuric last played in China, and the Warriors flirted with signing Ukrainian Kyrylo Fesenko last month. D.J. Mbenga, Joel Przybilla, Theo Ratliff and Etan Thomas are experienced options. San Francisco Chronicle

Golden State previously had an agreement with free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko, formerly of Utah. But after he worked out with the team, the Warriors decided to pass. One team source said Golden State would not take another look at Fesenko. Whoever the Warriors add will likely mean the departure of point guard Ish Smith. Golden State is currently at the maximum of 15 players, which means the team would need to waive someone to create a roster spot. Contra Costa Times

January 1, 2012 Updates

Byrnes: What overpass did you guys find Ish Smith under? Riley: (Laughs). That's a long story. ... We track a lot of players, just like they do in baseball. ... We watched Ish back when he was at Wake Forest. He had the one ingredient - quickness - that was really intriguing. He had a cup of coffee with a couple teams, and we felt that there was some maturation taking place. And I don't mean mental maturity; I mean maturity in his game. So we felt like it was a good risk, and one that we wanted to take. We wanted to see what he could do, and we told him when we got him, "We're gonna give you a chance here." San Francisco Chronicle

December 16, 2011 Updates

The Warriors won a waiver claim for point guard Ish Smith on Friday, giving the team some competition for backup minutes behind Stephen Curry. Smith, who was waived this week by Memphis, is one of the fastest players in the league. He’s averaged 10.3 minutes in 43 career games. Second-round pick Charles Jenkins has made quite an impression in training camp, but Smith gives the Warriors a reserve floor general with some experience. San Francisco Chronicle

I’m told the Warriors put their bid to claim point guard Ish Smith off waivers. , who was waived by Memphis on Wednesday. They found out this afternoon if they get him. If multiple teams try to claim him, he will go to the team with the worst record I think. Smith would be the third point guard on the roster. Smith is little and super fast. Probably the fastest player in the league. He’s averaged 10.3 minutes in 43 career games, most of them with Houston. Contra Costa Times

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