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Craig Smith | Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 265
College: Boston College
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (36) / MIN

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Craig Smith has been waived by his team in Israel, Hapoel Jerusalem.
It's possible "The Rhino" looks to garner a deal stateside, but it's also possible that he simply tries to wait until next season to return to the NBA. Fri, Mar 15, 2013 07:22:00 AM

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Craig Smith said that he signed in Israel because he was "tired of being a roster filler."

It's hard to blame him. "I didn't want to do that again," he said. "I can play and I want to play now. I'm not satisfied collecting a check. I want to play." It's commendable that Smith wants to show what he can do, and there is no doubt that he'll have a larger role overseas, which could lead to a better opportunity stateside in the NBA in the future. "There's a fire burning in me. I got to play."
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 08:52:00 AM

Craig Smith has agreed to sign with the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem.

Smith was upset with his role on the Blazers last season and probably wasn't attracting more than minimum offers in the NBA. No word yet on the length of the agreement, or the presence of an 'out clause', but it's probable the 28-year-old will make another attempt to sign in the NBA in the coming years.
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 01:50:00 PM

Free agent Craig Smith has had preliminary talks with the Pacers.

Smith, aka 'the Rhino', is as close to an NHL-style enforcer as you'll find in the NBA. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in under 10 minutes per game with the Blazers last season, a fair indication of his value.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 03:22:00 PM

Craig Smith is unhappy with his role with the Trail Blazers.

"Yeah, it's frustrating. It's real frustrating just to see it unfold how it did," Smiths aid. "I don't think I got a fair shot." The Rhino has played in the last two games, but he's played in just four games during April and hasn't been on the fantasy radar all season.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 12:24:00 PM

Craig Smith played just 14 minutes on Thursday, scoring four points on 1-of-2 shooting with three rebounds and a steal.

Nate McMillan has alluded to using Smith before each game that LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) has missed, but he never ends up pulling the trigger. With Aldridge possibly back on Saturday, Smith's window to hit the fantasy radar is almost shut, not that anybody's expectations were all that high.
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 02:31:00 AM

Craig Smith scored five points on 2-of-2 shooting with six rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

As long as LaMarcus Aldridge is out, Smith is somebody to look at for a spot-start in deeper formats. When given the minutes, he usually sports a good scoring and rebounding combo, but Nate McMillan said he was going to turn to his bench tonight and never followed through. It's a total crapshoot.
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 04:31:00 AM

Craig Smith will play for the Blazers on Wednesday despite suffering from a viral infection.

The Rhino doesn't have any fantasy value, but is a nice guy to have on your bench in reality.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 08:33:00 PM

Craig Smith (viral infection) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.

The Rhino is one player that has more value in real life than he does to fantasy owners. He's averaging 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 12 minutes per game in a reserve role.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 02:01:00 PM

Craig Smith missed Tuesday's practice due to an illness.

Smith is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bobcats. The Rhino is averaging 4.9 points in 12.2 minutes off the bench this season.
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 05:20:00 PM

Craig Smith scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Smith has provided spot-value in the past, so give him a look if you're in need of spot services in a deeper league and Marcus Camby (groin) misses time.
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 05:43:00 AM

Craig Smith played nine minutes on Friday with Marcus Camby (ankle) leaving early, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting with three rebounds and a steal.

Smith has performed well in spot-duty in the past, but is admittedly a question mark after going unsigned for most of the summer. He is a rebounding force underneath the hoop and scores in bunches against undersized teams. Outside of that he doesn't do much.
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 12:50:00 AM

Free agent power forward Craig Smith signed with the Blazers on Thursday.

We're going to kid right now, but how can the most cursed franchise in sports add the most dangerous practice player in the land? Jokes aside, it's a good signing for them since they lack depth in their frontcourt. 'The Rhino' will have no value unless an injury strikes. Knock knock.
Thu, Dec 15, 2011 08:21:00 PM

The Clippers waived power forward Craig Smith on Friday.

Rhino was a popular player for the Clips but had no shot playing behind Blake Griffin. He stands a good chance at being scooped up by another team in need of a big body.
Fri, Dec 9, 2011 06:37:00 PM

Craig Smith returned from a back injury on Wednesday and had four points in five minutes.

As long as Blake Griffin can walk, Smith has no fantasy value.
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 02:48:00 AM

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