HoopsHype Ishmael Smith rumors


July 17, 2014 Updates

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

July 15, 2014 Updates

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

April 18, 2014 Updates

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

April 17, 2014 Updates

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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August 15, 2012 Updates

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

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