In one of Thursday’s most low-key moves before the trade deadline, the Thunder traded Ish Smith (and the rights to Latavious Williams and cash considerations) to the Pelicans (for draft considerations).
New Orleans waived Smith, but he didn’t remain a free agent for long.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that the team has signed guard Ishmael “Ish” Smith.
In a related move, the Sixers have waived forward Malcolm Thomas.
Smith has bounced around, playing for the Rockets, Grizzlies, Warriors, Magic, Bucks, Suns and Thunder in his five-year NBA career. He was also selected by the 76ers’ D-League affiliate in its 2013 expansion draft, so there is a previous connection with the organization.
Smith, a speedy point guard, is another developmental prospect for Philadelphia.
Drew Gordon was one of the guys not drafted back in 2012 that probably should have been. Coming out of New Mexico his offense was raw but he hit the glass hard and had good energy. Instead he spent a couple years in Europe sharpening his game, then coming back and showing it off at Summer League. This year he got a spot in the Sixers training camp but didn’t make the cut and was down in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers.
But he impressed enough to get called back up to the team on Monday, the Sixers announced.
Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com has the details.
The Sixers had nine players available each of the past two games. Monday, the organization increased its depth by signing free agent Drew Gordon… Gordon appeared in six preseason games for the Sixers, averaging 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 15.9 minutes….
In addition to adding Gordon to the roster, the Sixers waived Malcolm Thomas. Thomas missed the last two games because of left knee effusion. He decided to undergo surgery, and that will sideline him 4-5 weeks.
Drew Gordon is the older brother of Orlando rookie Aaron Gordon out of Arizona.
Drew finally made it to the show, now we’ll see if he can stick.
Midway through the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s Friday night win over the Sixers, Larry Sanders lined up for a jump ball against Malcolm Thomas.
The Bucks controlled it, and Sanders ended up with the ball. But he appeared to be momentarily confused, because he immediately took it in for what would have been an uncontested layup on his own team’s basket.
Thankfully, he came to his senses just in time to avoid an even more embarrassing event from taking place.
[via CSN Philly]
Travis Outlaw couldn’t stick in Sacramento last season (they were nearly four points worse per 100 possessions when he played) and after getting a look at him in training camp the Knicks decided they might just cut him loose and keep undrafted rookie Travis Wear.
Except the Knicks found a taker in a trade — the Philadelphia 76ers. A team that has no use for Outlaw either and will soon cut him free.
Marc Stein of ESPN broke the news.
UPDATE: New York acquired then instantly waived Arnett Moultrie. He could be destined for their D-League team.
The Knicks have Quincy Acy up front, he will get the minutes that it seemed Outlaw might get before camp opened.
Moultrie is unquestionably athletic but after a nice rookie season took a huge step back last season following ankle injuries. He had conditioning issues (and missed five games for a drug suspension last season) but looked a little better in the preseason, putting up solid lines. That was not enough.
What does Philadelphia get out of this? Picks. Sam Hinkie is still hoarding picks. And they get worse on the court. They have no real use for Outlaw, they are going to give frontline minutes to Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims, Malcolm Thomas (who they like) and Brandon Davies.
It’s not likely Outlaw — a stretch four who is a negative on both ends of the court at this point (although he can hit some threes) — will land another deal.
Evan Tuner is going to get another shot.
But on a team where he is going to have to play within the system or the numerous other options on the wing will jump ahead of him in the rotation.
The Boston Celtics made official on Monday what everyone knew was coming for weeks, that they were signing Evan Turner. The Celtics made some roster moves Sunday to clear the way for this. This is a two year deal, fully guaranteed, for a total of $6.7 million, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
That’s about the right price for landing Turner, but he is going to have to earn some minutes on the wing. Avery Bradley and Jeff Green will likely start at the two and the three. Behind them Marcus Thornton can play the two while Gerald Wallace and James Young can back up the three. You can make a case that Turner should get minutes as a backup at the two or three, but if he falters quality players are there to take up those minutes.
Turner averaged 17.4 points a game in the up-tempo Sixers offense the first half of last season (someone had to take the shots and Turner did) but he wasn’t efficient with his.504 true shooting percentage. Larry Bird traded for him because the Pacers needed some offense but when asked to blend into the Pacers team concept he could not. By second round of the playoffs he was barely getting minutes for an Indy team struggling to find any offense it could.
Brad Stevens is the latest to take on the Turner project. He’s got a couple years to figure it out.