Report: Josh Smith to sign with the Pelicans
NBA.com Global on Oct 26, 2017 08:07 AM
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With the New Orleans Pelicans dealing with injuries, veteran forward Josh Smith plans to sign with the team, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Free agent forward Josh Smith plans to sign with New Orleans under an injury hardship exception, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 25, 2017
Smith will reportedly be signing with New Orleans under a hardship exception, due to injuries to Rajon Rondo, Alexis Ajinca and Frank Jackson. All-Star forward Anthony Davis left the Pelicans' loss in Portland on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) in the first quarter after injuring his left knee. MRI results were negative, but Davis remains day-to-day.
Charania reports that Smith is expected to be available for the Pelicans’ road game against the Kings on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Over his 12 years in the NBA, Smith has averaged 14.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in stints with the Hawks, Pistons, Clippers and most recently with the Rockets in 2015-16.