His time with the Pistons was a bust, but the terms of the buyout will pay him $5.4 million annually through 2019. DeAndre Jordan had a verbal agreement to sign a four-year $80 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks until hours before he was allowed to sign the deal.
Josh, a great playmaker for his position will definitely keep the Clippers reputation as “Lob City” alive by throwing lobs to dunking machines Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan. So don’t expect Josh Smith to move mountains for the Clippers next year, especially since there will undoubtedly be many a call for his exile on Clipper Twitter next season after one too many contested 19-footers.
Smith came off the bench in 48 of his 55 regular-season appearances and started eight of 17 playoff games. This is a far cry from the playoffs when Doc Rivers only played a seven-man rotation because the Clippers’ bench, with players like Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, and Spencer Hawes, was virtually unplayable.
Lack of depth from the bench and a wing defender who can play effectively on both ends of the floor was the Clippers Achilles heel last season, but with the signing of Stephenson, Smith, Johnson and Paul Pierce they have addressed all issues.
If you play Blake Griffin as a small ball five with this group, it gets very interesting. He seemed to fit well within the offense and had a strong relationship with the coaching staff. The fact that Smith took a different offer may say more about who he thinks has a better chance at winning a title than anything else. We all assumed that he would re-sign with the Houston Rockets and play alongside his childhood friend Dwight Howard and Super-star James Harden.
One minute you’re the face of a historic comeback after being down 1-3 in the Western Conference semifinals.
Smith is finalizing a deal with the Clippers, Shams Charania of RealGM reports.
“Now he”s one of the Clippers, making him the rare player to beat them and then join them. With more free space because of Smith leaving, this will make it easier for them to work out a contract with McDaniels. After Donatas Motiejunas was forced to miss games due to injury, Smith stepped into the starting line-up and continued his good form with the Houston franchise.