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Josh Smith | Forward

Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/5/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
College: None
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When asked what Josh Smith learned last season, he said he "learned what 'waived' meant."
It all worked out for Smith last season. The Pistons waived him last season, but he still received his money made it to the Western Conference Finals, and now he's with a talented Clippers team. "We did some special things in Houston but it was more of a visual, concrete type of situation-scenario for me here [in Los Angeles]," Smith said. He should receive most of his minutes at power forward, which means his fantasy value won't be high while Blake Griffin is healthy. Jul 29 - 6:14 PM

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Josh Smith said he's excited to be a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

While saying that his free agency decision focused more on finding a good situation than being wined and dined, Smith said he's excited to join the Clippers. "We have an opportunity to be able to do something special," he said, "and right now this is what I want to focus on." Even though he has the potential for a big game now and then, Smith is likely to see enough minutes to warrant more than a late-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 9:45 AM

Josh Smith said he felt the Clippers provided him with the "best fit," which is why he elected to sign with them as an unrestricted free agent.

Smith's fantasy value takes a hit playing in a reserve role behind Blake Griffin in Los Angeles. He averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers over 25.5 minutes per game through 55 games with the Rockets last season, but it could be tough for him to return to those numbers with the Clippers. He won't be worth much more than a late-round pick on draft day.
Jul 21 - 4:45 PM

Clippers sign unrestricted free agent Josh Smith.

Smith will come off the bench behind Blake Griffin, so it'll be tough for him to get much more than 25 minutes a game in Los Angeles. His poor shooting percentages weighs down his value, and he just doesn't block shots like he used to, so he's a candidate to be overdrafted on draft day. He averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers per game through 55 games with the Rockets last season, so he should be able to get close to those numbers with the Clippers. Still, he's not worth much more than a late-round selection coming off the bench in Los Angeles.
Jul 16 - 5:10 PM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Clippers are still in pursuit of free agent forward Josh Smith.

The Kings are also rumored to have a "very strong" interest in Smith, and they do have the ability to offer more money and a larger role as well. Smith would be stuck behind Blake Griffin in Los Angeles, so a move to Sacramento would be a better fit in terms of fantasy.
Jul 10 - 1:51 PM

The Kings reportedly have a "very strong" interest in signing unrestricted free agent Josh Smith.

It's unclear if the feeling is mutual, but Sacramento does have money to spend, so they'll be an option for Smoov. The Clippers, Rockets, and three other teams have also expressed interest in Smith, and it'll be interesting to see where he lands. With all the other major free agents off the board, Smith will likely be getting his fair share of free meals over the coming weeks.
Jul 9 - 2:22 PM

While teams have shown interest, there is currently no movement on unrestricted free agent Josh Smith, according to league sources.

There have been as many as six teams to show interest in J-Smoove (including the Kings and Clippers), but it doesn't appear as if there is anything imminent happening here. We'll be rooting for a deal with the Kings that comes with a reality TV show built into the contract, but the 29-year-old will be more of a late-round flier in fantasy leagues no matter where he lands.
Jul 9 - 1:07 PM

The Clippers are targeting Josh Smith.

They are in a really tight spot with cap space right now, so their options are limited. Smith really turned it on in the playoffs last season, thanks to making a respectable 38.0 percent from beyond the arc. A number of teams could go after Smith, but he's a decent fit for the Clippers in their second unit.
Jul 6 - 6:42 PM

The Kings have "continued a dialogue" with free agent Josh Smith in recent days, but "nothing is close" to being agreed upon.

Rudy Gay posted a Snapchat photo of himself and Josh Smith with the text, "He a King next." Sacramento has enough cap space to lure Smoove and they're in need of a starting power forward, but for the moment the talks appear to be exploratory. The Kings may want to launch their own reality TV series if Smith is ultimately added to the combustible mix of personalities already on the roster.
Jul 5 - 2:22 PM

The Kings will reportedly meet with Josh Smith on Friday.

Sacramento continues to lose out on the big name free agents, despite the ability to throw plenty of money at them, so it looks like the apparent dysfunction in the Kings front office is steering some perspective free agents away. The Rockets would like to try and re-sign Smith, but that could become tricky depending on the kind of deal Patrick Beverley earns. The Kings have expressed interest in Smith before, and it'll be interesting to see if they can acquire his services via free agency.
Jul 3 - 10:11 AM

The Rockets could have difficulties in trying to re-sign Josh Smith as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Houston isn't going to have much money to work with, as they already have a large portion of their salary committed to James Harden, Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza. They are also going to try and re-sign Corey Brewer, Patrick Beverley and K.J. McDaniels, so they may not have enough money to give Smith a truly enticing deal. The one thing working in their favor is that Smoov will be getting paid by the Pistons, so he may be willing to give the Rockets a bit of a bargain if he likes his situation. He did say that he'd like to return to Houston, but a big money offer from another team might sway his decision.
Jun 28 - 2:41 PM

Josh Smith said that he would like to return with the Rockets next season.

"You never know in free agency what may occur," said Smith who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. "The city of Houston and this team has definitely embraced me for my individuality and the way I play the game. It would be great to do something special for the city and for this team." Smith actually played very well for the Rockets after being waived by the Pistons earlier in the season, and he was a major component to Houston's improbable Game 6 comeback win over the Clippers in the second-round. It'll be interesting to see where he lands as a free agent.
May 29 - 12:03 PM

Josh Smith made 3-of-14 from the field for 11 points during a season-ending 104-90 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

He was cold and didn't come in for the final 16 minutes of this game. Smith was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets and it'll be interesting to see if the Rockets are bringing him back. They do already have two serviceable power forwards in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Plus, Clint Capela playing well also gives them some frontcourt depth.
May 28 - 12:13 AM

Josh Smith made 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-12 from the line for 20 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

That's an effective field goal percentage of 106.3, but a true shooting percentage of 75.3 because of his awful foul shooting. Smith was on fire in the first quarter and scored 13 of his 20 in that frame. The Warriors did a Hack-A-Smoove late and it forced him out of the game. We saw the good and bad Smoove tonight, which is nothing new for any game. The Rockets will need another good game in Oakland on Wednesday.
May 25 - 11:55 PM

Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does.
May 22 - 12:19 AM