The Los Angeles Clippers have just signed Josh Smith of the Houston Rockets for a one-year contract worth 1.5 million dollars.
The former 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft will be joining the Clippers. The veteran spent first nine seasons of his career with the Atlanta Hawks. In 2010 he became the youngest player to record 1,000 career blocked shots.
In 2013, Smith signed a four year deal with Detroit Pistons worth of 54 million dollars. He was expected to bring his experience and his strength to the young Detroit team. With Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, he played small forward and started to take more and more three point shots, which started to damage the team.
On December 2014, Smith signed with Houston Rockets and joined James Harden and his former high school teammate as well as one of his best friends Dwight Howard. During the first few games he played in starting five. Later he was coming from the bench.
Smith brought a lot of depth to the Houston team. He averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds in just 25 minutes per game. He clicked with Howard and loved to play side pick-and-roll with him.
In the Western conference semifinals between Rockets and Clippers, where Clippers had 3-1 game advantage and were just one game away from the finals, Smith was the crucial player that helped Rockets win the series 4 to 3.
Now, he signed for the LA Clippers and he is expected to bring depth to their team as well. Josh is a fantastic athlete with great defensive skills, and is also a solid 3 point shooter.
He also works great with centers in the paint allowing them easy baskets. After trading Matt Barnes and signing Lance Stephenson, veteran Paul Pierce and now Josh Smith, the Los Angeles Clippers may have the strongest bench in the league.
It looks like Smith’s main role in the team will be helping their star Blake Griffin by giving him more minutes for rest on the bench. He is also expected to help DeAndre Jordan like he did with Dwight Howard last season. With Chris Paul as the point guard, he is looking for more space on the floor and not to mention lots of alley-oops.
The Clippers were devastated after losing in the semifinals to the Rockets. With Paul and Blake and DeAndre Jordan who miraculously stayed with the team after reaching verbal agreement with Mavericks, the Clippers will be making their final push for longly anticipated championship ring.
If the signing of Josh Smith turns out to be a good move in their quest for the ring, only time will tell.
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