Pelicans news: New Orleans releases forward Josh Smith
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Pelicans release forward Josh Smith

Josh Smith

The New Orleans Pelicans have released forward Josh Smith after he was signed on Oct. 28 under an injury hardship exception, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Pelicans had six players on the shelf at the time and were in dire need of help, with only nine players healthy enough to take the floor.

Smith had made only three appearances since signing with the team, his only productive one against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the day of his signing, logging two points and four rebounds in seven minutes of action.

The former jack of all trades has been wanting to return to the NBA after missing last season to play overseas in Israel for Maccabi Haifa, but after continues struggles and a reputation of not being willing to listen to the coaching staff, he’s found himself out of work yet again.

New Orleans has talisman Anthony Davis back from injury and is still waiting for Rajon Rondo’s return from a sports hernia, making Smith’s departure evident, now with 10 healthy players.

Smith could likely garner offers overseas, but his market in the NBA has become nearly non-existent — especially with the introduction of two-way contracts and how they have taken precedent over veterans during this offseason.