NBA trade 2016: Josh Smith again with Rockets from Los Angeles Clippers, latest update
This is a long journey for Josh Smith. After his six-month long stint with Clippers, the NBA stars is finally back with the Rockets.
The 30-year old Smith was in the news during his stint with Clippers for all the wrong reasons. The 6.9 feet basketball player looked a misfit with the Clippers.
He had himself said that he may not fit well in the team even before moving to it. On July 16, 2015, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He made his debut for the Clippers in the team’s season opener against the Sacramento Kings on October 28, recording 1 point, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks off the bench in a 111â€“104 win.
His one season journey finally ended yesterday when Smith was traded back to the Houston Rockets, along with the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk and cash considerations, in exchange for the draft rights to Maarty Leunen. After being back to his side he got back into the action for the Rockets later that night, recording 2 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks in a 102â€“98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
If we look back at his stint with Clippers he was mostly or rather always mired in controversy. He was an active participant in a locker room yelling spree after a loss to Toronto in November and barked at Clippers Coach Doc Rivers in the midst of a game against Milwaukee in December after Rivers chided him for a defensive breakdown.
After his rather very unimpressive run with the Clippers Clippers traded him along with the rights to Sergei Lishchuk and enough cash to cover the prorated portion of his veteran’s minimum contract. A report while talking about the whole affair said, â€œThe trade wasn’t about what the Clippers were getting but what they were ridding themselves of: an unhappy, unproductive player who could have become a distraction. The move also saved them more than $2 million in luxury taxeâ€.