HoopsHype Russ Smith rumors

LATEST HOOPSHYPE VIDEOS

October 5, 2014 Updates

Rather than try and strike a deal to get jersey No. 2 from Miller, which is what players often do, Smith has opted to instead wear the number worn by one of his favorite players. “I got a chance to know Rajon and follow him my sophomore year. I'm a big fan of his game," Smith told WDRB-41 in Louisville, Kentucky. "When coach (former Celtics coach and current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino) asked me to watch film of point guards, he (Rondo) was one of the first people that I watched, along with Steve Nash, to help me prepare for my senior season.” Smith said as much in June when he was in town to work out for the Celtics. "Believe it or not, he's actually my favorite point guard," Smith said at the time. "I'm a score-first guy and been a score-first guy my whole life. But I like his poise, the way he gets into the lane. He's able to find people and the way he's able to pass the ball ... a lot of people can't do that." CSNNE.com

July 16, 2014 Updates

Before introducing center Omer Asik on Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans announced they had extended point guard Russ Smith a rookie-scaled contract. The Pelicans did not release the financial details of the contract or its length, but a league source confirmed that Smith agreed to a two-year guaranteed contract with an option for a third year. Also, the Pelicans have reportedly reached an agreement to extend rookie power forward Patric Young a two-year contract. New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 10, 2014 Updates

New Orleans Pelicans rookie point guard Russ Smith apparently has been impressive enough in summer league mini camp practices this week that he's been extended a guaranteed contract offer. In an audio recording posted on the University of Louisville's official athletic website, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said Smith has a guaranteed contract committed from the Pelicans. New Orleans acquired Smith in a draft night trade last month from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights of guard Pierre Jackson, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon injury last week in the Orlando Pro Summer League. New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 9, 2014 Updates

Jeff Greer: Pitino detailing his chat with Russ Smith after the draft, and says Russ has a guaranteed contract with the #Pelicans. Twitter

June 27, 2014 Updates
June 13, 2014 Updates
June 12, 2014 Updates
June 5, 2014 Updates
June 4, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday, the Raptors worked out Louisville guard Russ Smith, Arizona guard Nick Johnson, Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson, Buffalo forward Javon McCrea and Gonzaga forward San Dower. Afterward, Raptors director of scouting Dan Tolzman, who Masai Ujiri hired shortly after he took over as general manager last year, spoke with the media on those players and the entire draft, which he has been scouting all year long. On impressions of the draft as a whole: “It’s great. It’s extremely talented this year. I think … it’s a very good draft to have three [picks]. We’re kind of all across the board, too, at 20, 37 and 59. There is going to be a player on the board at all of those picks.” National Post

June 3, 2014 Updates
June 2, 2014 Updates
May 27, 2014 Updates
May 26, 2014 Updates
May 15, 2014 Updates
April 4, 2014 Updates

Meanwhile ESPN's Chad Ford recently wrote that Russ Smith improved his NBA chances by improving in just about every category as a senior. Smith showed, Ford wrote, that he "has settled down tremendously this season and has looked the part of a point guard for the first time in his career ... There's still the makings of an NBA point guard here. He's super quick, can get his shot off against anyone, has deep range on his jumper and he defends. As a change-of-pace guard coming off the bench, he might really help a team." Louisville Courier-Journal

March 31, 2014 Updates

Doug McDermott was a unanimous choice for the AP All-American First Team. McDermott is the first player to be on the All-American team in three straight seasons since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale in 1985. Shabazz Napier, Sean Kilpatrick and Russ Smith were also seniors named to the All-American First Team, while Jabari Parker was the fifth member. The second team consisted of Nick Johnson, Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas, Melvin Ejim and T.J. Warren. RealGM

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.