NBA Rumors: Washington Wizards Signing Josh Smith?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 10/17/16 08:54AM EDT
NBA veteran Josh Smith during his stint with his hometown team the Atlanta Hawks
Rapper T.I. and Atlanta Hawk, Josh Smith backstage at the Philips Arena on May 24, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo : Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

NBA veteran Josh Smith last played for the Houston Rockets when he was traded to the team in early 2016.

But during the off-season, he was released from the team, forcing him to free agency. It is a situation, which apparently does not sit well for him, as he admitted in a recent interview with Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports' "The Vertical."

"It's something that I have done wrong to now be figuring out my next move and figuring out what I need to do to be better," Smith said. "Even yoga this summer has helped me become one with my spirit, body and mind. I've done things to take steps toward bettering myself, having patience."

As noted by Charania, the 30-year-old forward has been considered as one of them more promising players of his current age group, and was once sought after by top contenders such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Smith, instead, chose to to play for the Los Angeles Cliippers.

However, he was deemed to be a "poor fit" to the team, which subsequently led to him being traded to Houston in January. Smith was a 17th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 2004, And since his entry into the league, he showed tremendous potential, being a member of the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2005. In 2010, he also made the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

While he may not be a huge asset offensively, Smith is still a defensive threat against many teams. This makes him a viable candidate for a ball club such as the Washington Wizards, who are looking to beef up the said aspect of their game.

As pointed out by Ben Mehic for Fansided.com's "Wiz of Awes", Smith would likely agree to take a veteran's minimum, which could be a "low-risk, high-reward" situation for him. During his short stint with the Rockets where he played a total of 23 games, Smith averaged 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists.



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