Jerry Smith Rumors
One of the silver linings in last year’s injury-filled Nets season was their ability to mine talent from the D-League. But besides the most obvious example in Gerald Green, who became one of the league’s biggest surprises last season after getting called up, the Nets also used their own affiliate, the Springfield Armor, to supply them with guard Jerry Smith and forward Dennis Horner. That synergy between the Nets and their D-League affiliate will continue this weekend, when the Armor hold an open tryout at the Nets’ practice facility. “The idea is that the Springfield Armor are part of the Nets,” said Milton Lee, the Nets’ General Manager of Minor League Operations. “We’re trying to use it on many different platforms, the most important being developing our Nets players. “Secondly, it’s developing players we have in Springfield and identifying D-League candidates for the NBA. And, thirdly, it’s searching outside of people already in the league for potential D-League caliber and maybe even NBA caliber players.”
The Nets had until midnight last night to decide whether to renew the 10-day contract of guard Jerry Smith. The 24-year-old guard averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in five games since he was called up from the Nets’ D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, and was signed on March 16.
Nets have signed point guard Jerry Smith to a 10-day contract. Smith comes from the Nets D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Smith was a 2012 D-League All Star and D-League player of the month in February. This season: 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
Marc Stein: Two D-League callups to look for tomorrow: Erie PG Donald Sloan to Cavs and Springfield combo guard Jerry Smith to Nets