HoopsHype Ishmael Smith rumors

January 13, 2012 Updates

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

February 24, 2011 Updates
February 2, 2011 Updates

The Rockets sent rookie guard Ish Smith back to the NBA Development league on Tuesday with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Smith averaged 12.8 points, seven assists and four rebounds in four games with the Vipers last month. "We think all young players benefit from playing," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. "He hasn't had an opportunity to get in a game in awhile with Aaron Brooks and Kyle Lowry healthy. We like having a mix of him getting playing time in the development league and practice up here." Houston Chronicle

January 24, 2011 Updates

The Rockets will recall guard Ish Smith from the NBA Development League today, with Smith having played the four games the Rockets had targeted with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Smith averaged 12.8 points and seven assists with the Vipers. Smith had been on the inactive list when he was sent to the Vipers, but will likely be active tonight in Minneapolis. Brad Miller (sore left knee) and Jared Jeffries (hyper-extended right knee) did not make the trip. Both will be considered day-to-day beginning with Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Houston Chronicle

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October 30, 2010 Updates

The Warriors almost found their backup point guard Friday. Houston reached an agreement to sign center Erick Dampier and will have to make a move to clear roster space. The problem: The Rockets are expected to release second-year guard Jermaine Taylor instead of undrafted rookie point guard Ishmael Smith. San Francisco Chronicle

The Warriors love Smith, who has a ways to go as a shooter but can run an offense and is lightning quick. Warriors general manager Larry Riley spoke with Houston GM Daryl Morey on Friday night and came away believing that Smith would not be available. "We all wish they would release him," a Warriors source said. San Francisco Chronicle

August 24, 2010 Updates

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed guard Ishmael Smith to a multi-year deal. Smith (6-0, 175, Wake Forest) led the Rockets in assists per game during the 2010 NBA Summer League, finishing with averages of 7.8 points (.581 18-31 FG) and 4.8 assists in five games (five starts) with Houston. NBA.com

August 20, 2010 Updates

The Rockets on Thursday announced they are close to adding three players to their training camp roster, expecting to complete contracts with guard Ishmael Smith, center Jordan Eglseder and guard/forward Antonio Anderson, a person with knowledge of the deals said. Smith played for the Rockets’ summer league team, with general manager Daryl Morey announcing in Las Vegas, after Smith went 7-of-8 for 15 points and had six assists in the final summer league game, that the team would bring him back for training camp. Smith averaged 13.2 points and six assists for Wake Forest last season. Houston Chronicle

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