HoopsHype Joe Smith rumors
Multiple league sources said the Nets are close to sending the backup guard to the Rockets in three-team trade that also includes the Lakers. This move could impact the Nets’ pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. The Nets will get a first-round pick from the Rockets and shooting guard Sasha Vujacic from the Lakers, who will receive Joe Smith from New Jersey. More could be involved. Since Smith was signed in the offseason and can’t be traded until Dec. 15, the deal can’t be completed or announced until today. Bergen Record
Joe Smith has been in the NBA a long time, and he’s seen plenty of young players come and go. Derrick Favors, he believes, is one of the better ones he’s been around. “The potential that he has, the sky’s the limit for him,’’ Smith said yesterday about the 19-year-old power forward the Nets chose with the No. 3 pick in the draft last summer. “I’ve never seen, at 18 — besides Dwight Howard — an 18- or 19-year-old with the body that he has. And the work ethic that he’s brought to the table has been one of the best I’ve seen in a while.’’ Newark Star-Ledger
The New Jersey Nets have signed veteran free agent forward Joe Smith. The Nets did not disclose contract terms in announcing the deal Friday. The first pick overall in the 1995 draft, this will be Smith's 11th team in his 15-year NBA career. He appeared in 64 games with Atlanta last season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. ESPN.com
Marc J. Spears: Vet free agent big man Joe Smith is expected to take a physical with New Jersey Nets on Friday & sign a contract, a source tells Y! Sports. Twitter
Power forward update: There is no update. Basically, there is no other guy they can induce with a make-good, as they did with Sean May. Louis Amundson wants a $3 million guarantee, which is fair. Joe Smith wants a full guarantee. Even Malik Allen wants a half-guarantee. Newark Star-Ledger
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