Josh Smith: 'Harder on me' comment wasn't about money
JUL 30, 8:54p ET | Jason Rowan/Sportress of Blogitude
Rotowire: Sep 28 / 4:35p ET
News: Smith will log "a lot" of time at center this season, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Coach Doc Rivers revealed the news Monday, but the Clippers' reserve minutes at center behind DeAndre Jordan will likely be a patchwork effort rather than one player dominating the workload. Still, the development opens up another spot for Smith to pick up run with his third squad in as many seasons. If he's used in a super-utility role at the three, four, and five, he could match the 26 minutes per game that he earned with the Rockets in 2014-15.
Rotowire: Jul 16 / 2:14p ET
News: Smith is finalizing a deal with the Clippers, Shams Charania of RealGM reports.
Impact: The free agent, who spent last season with Houston and Detroit will join a Clippers team that's reloaded on the wing this offseason. Los Angeles added Lance Stephenson via trade and also signed veteran Paul Pierce. Smith was a key part of the Rockets' run to the Western Conference Finals last season, averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field.
StatsLLC: Jul 16 / 12:00a ET
News: The Clippers signed Smith, who helped eliminate them in the playoffs when he was with the Houston Rockets. Smith reportedly signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum worth $1.5 million.
Impact: He averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing 55 regular-season games with Houston, which picked him up when he was waived by Detroit after 28 games last season. He helped the Rockets rally from a 3-1 series deficit against the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. Smith scored 19 points in Game 6, when the Clippers led by 19 points at home only to lose. He had 15 points in Game 7.