Josh Smith Chooses to Play for Clippers

Josh Smith Chooses to Play for Clippers

Decision comes after forward helped Houston defeat LA last postseason.

Published July 17, 2015

The Los Angeles Clippers had a commanding 3-1 lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, but blew it and lost the series.

Veteran small forward Josh Smith was a factor on that Rockets team, but when faced with the free-agent decision on who to sign with, Smith went with the Clippers.

He "chose winning and a defined role over money," as the reasons why, according to ESPN. Smith's one-year deal for the veterans minimum is worth $1.5 million.

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After being waived by the Detroit Pistons in December, Smith, 29, played 55 games for the Rockets and averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists to end the 2014-15 season.

For the Clippers, this has been a busy off-season. The team traded for Lance Stephenson and signed Paul PierceDeAndre Jordan and now Smith in free-agent deals.

"Over my pro career I have spent a lot of time in Houston with friends and family. Over the past year, while with the Rockets, the team, fans and people of Houston have made it a second home," Smith said in a statement, as reported by ESPN. "I want to express my appreciation to everyone for the support and kindness they have showed me and my family while I have been here. Thank you!" 

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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