HoopsHype Nolan Smith rumors

January 4, 2013 Updates

A source close to the situation told CSNNW.com that Bell was pushing to get his client out of Portland this season, but was obviously unsuccessful. Smith acknowledged that Bell did request a trade, but says his inability to get it done wasn't the reason he chose to let go of the only agent he's had as a professional. CSNNW.com

It wouldn't exactly send ripples through the league, but I've been told that Portland point guard Nolan Smith (taken 21st overall out of Duke in 2011) may very well be moved before the Feb. 21 trade deadline. That is if he ever plays enough to garner interest. USA Today Sports

He's not sure what his future holds in Portland, but before his time ends here, he would like to show this city what he can offer. On the other hand, he's realistic and knows he probably won't be able to prove his worth until he's on another team. “Change is good for everybody,” Smith said. “Change is good for everybody,” he repeated. “I love Portland and if I'm here, I'll be happy to be here. But at the same time, everybody knows that when change comes, there's a lot of players in this league that when change happened, great things happened and that's what I'm looking at. We'll see what happens.” CSNNW.com

That's what you get out of Smith: a great person, teammate, and a diligent worker who just wants to play the game that he loves. His time will eventually come, but the question is where will it come at? “It's frustrating, but at the same time, I'm loving this team,” he said. “I'm having fun being part of this team and watching everybody. But at the end of the day, everybody basketball player wants to be on the court. Every basketball player wants an opportunity to play, play good minutes, and get comfortable and play their game. I'm going to keep working hard and be patient. I'll get my chance.” CSNNW.com

December 2, 2012 Updates

The bench, which entered the game averaging an NBA-low 12.8 points per game, collectively played 76 minutes and scored 29 points as Joel Freeland (eight points, two rebounds, one block), Will Barton (seven points, 3 of 5 shooting) and Nolan Smith (six points, 3 of 6 shooting) excelled. “We heard it,” Smith said of outside criticism about the bench’s play. “But I think as a group ... we try and just focus on what we’re doing in house; just keeping each other’s confidence up and continue to be supportive of one another. It kept us all just ready for this moment.” Oregonian

November 29, 2012 Updates

In the not-too-distant future, young players such as Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, Will Barton and Nolan Smith might be sent down to the NBA Development League for a little playing time and seasoning. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said he intends to use Idaho this season as a tool to foster growth with his young players and he has created a tentative plan to send guys east across the Oregon border. Oregonian

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Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts brushed off Smith's latest performance and chalked it up to him just missing some gimmes that might have jump-started his game onto the right track. “He had a rough night [Friday] because he went 0-for-6,” Stotts said. “He had a couple of really good moves that he wasn't able to finish and that probably would have changed the tenner of the opinion of the game. “Those two layups go in [it's different game]. But he struggled [Friday] scoring the ball, but I think he still defends, he's quick, he gets by people. So, this is good for him. This is good for him to go through it and get minutes on the floor and [Friday] in crunch time, to be able to try and make plays and win the game.” CSNNW.com

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But it’s his most recent stop, with Dallas, that is generating the biggest buzz among Blazers players. Stotts was a key member of coach Rick Carlisle’s staff during the Mavericks’ run to the 2011 NBA Championship, which featured a first-round Western Conference playoff victory over the Blazers. “I’ve never formally met him, so I don’t know him,” second-year Blazers guard Nolan Smith said. “But I know he was on the World Championship team with the Mavericks. I know he knows what it takes to win.” Oregonian

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Nolan Smith continued to endure headaches and a sore neck Wednesday, but was recovering from the concussion he suffered Tuesday night in a summer league game against the Houston Rockets. Because he sustained a concussion, Smith will have to go through a series of steps to gain clearance from the NBA to return to basketball. But general manager Neil Olshey said Smith was "going to be fine." Oregonian

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