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Gary Washburn: Ex-Portland Trail Blazers guard and former Duke standout Nolan Smith will play on #celtics summer league squad Twitter @GwashNBAGlobe

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The Jamboree will feature a show by local rapper Shy Glizzy, a conditioning workout for high school athletes, a St. John’s basketball game, and a pro game including Kevin Durant, Mike Beasley, J.R. Smith, Nolan Smith, and Nick Young, among others; players Wright hopes to call colleagues one day. “I want to play in the NBA,” he said, “Have a long tenure, and hopefully prolong that into whatever’s the next stage of my life.” CSNWashington.com

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Nolan Smith: Side note: to those people, Me and every NBA player, athlete, celebrity whatever.. We don't care about what you talking about!! #knowdat Twitter @NdotSmitty

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So what's next for Smith? Like Luke Babbitt. Like JJ Hickson. Like Sasha Pavlovic and Jared Jeffries, Smith's tenure with the Blazers will end this week and he will not be coming back. Sources close to Smith say there will be a host of teams poised to offer him a second chance, with the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder likely be the most aggressive pursuers. While Smith wasn't willing to discuss his interest in other teams, Oklahoma City, in particular, certainly would be an intriguing option for the 6-foot-2 combo guard. For starters, the franchise's reputation for developing young talent is second only to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. And more importantly, Smith has a deep, lifelong connection with Thunder coach Scott Brooks. Oregonian

And while it appears Smith's career has reached a crossroads, Brooks has no doubt there is a place for him in the league. "He's definitely an NBA player," Brooks said. "Sometimes you've just got to keep working and get your opportunities. He's a great kid, he works hard and he has a good skill level. But a lot of times, it doesn't always work out the way you want it to. But he's still here, he still has an opportunity to keep playing and keep improving. I know him. He's a great kid and he's going to continue to work hard. That's what he does." Oregonian

Smith's two-year tenure in Portland will come to an end this week and it's only fitting that he'll face Denver -- and Faried -- today in one of his final games with the Blazers. But as he leaves Rip City, Smith prefers not to dwell on his past failings, but rather to focus on rediscovering his game and prove there is a place for him in the NBA. "This is a business and things in this league happen in time," Smith said. "You have to get to a team where you're in their plans. That's one thing I'm looking forward to this summer in free agency. I'm going to get to a place that wants me, that wants me to be myself and play my game. If you think about it, there's no telling what would have happened with (Faried) if the Blazers drafted him. He might have been playing behind LaMarcus (Aldridge) and maybe his opportunity wouldn't have come. His opportunity in Denver didn't come until Nene got hurt. But Kenneth got an opportunity and Kenneth made the most of his opportunity -- in Denver. So now all the Portland fans can be mad." Oregonian

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Smith, who will turn 25 in July, has taken to increasing his profile by videobombing Blazers Broadcasting before the game. On Thursday, two days after Portland's second straight road loss, Smith stood behind Mike Barrett and Mike Rice before tip of a road game against the Chicago Bulls with a sign that read, "Mom!!! Send Money $$$" Smith's Twitter account has been full of his plans for the video bombs, which have included a Beavis & Butthead tribute, among others. His large followings on Twitter and Instagram seem to approve the running gag, as does Blazers Broadcasting and his teammates. Detractors -- as always -- can be found. "Classic Duke nerd," opined Instagram user trey_ball_splashh. Blazers Edge

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