Josh Smith thinks he could help Lakers, Clippers
Smith, a Hall of Fame-level “secure the bag” guy, last played in the NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2017-18 season, appearing in only three games.
The 6-foot-9 forward Smith now captains the BIG3 team Bivouac alongside NBA vets Anthony Morrow and Will Bynum.
Smith, 33, signed a lucrative multi-year deal with the Detroit Pistons in the summer of 2013. After things didn’t work out in Motor City, the Pistons waived Smith using the stretch provision, which has paid $5.3 million lump sums to the 2010 Dunk Contest champion ever since, the last of which will be paid for the 2019-20 season.
After Detroit, Smith played semi-productive minutes for the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets. Before that, “J-Smoove” spent nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, his hometown team, which drafted Smith with the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft.
Could Smith be reunited with the Clippers? It’s unlikely, as the Los Angeles team composes a true contender led by free-agent signing Kawhi Leonard and All-Star Paul George, who they acquired in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two LA natives reportedly wanted to play together, despite George’s status enjoying a recent extension with the Thunder he signed last summer.
The Lakers, meanwhile, have signed JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, Jared Dudley, DeMarcus Cousins, and Alex Caruso to round out their roster, which is headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.