Pelicans claim Ish Smith off waivers

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The Pelicans wanted Ish Smith, but feared the 76ers would claim the point guard on waivers.

Philadelphia passed.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Smith signed with the Wizards for the preseason, but they had no room for him. So, they waived him, allowing New Orleans to swipe him.

The Pelicans are desperate at point guard with Jrue Holiday on a tight minute limit and Norris Cole injured and Tyreke Evans injured. That New Orleans needed Smith is troubling, but that was the situation. He and Smith will handle the 33 or so minutes available behind Holiday.

Smith is one of the NBA’s fastest players, but that speed is his only truly impressive skill. His shooting and passing are lackluster for a point guard.

With Smith’s and Robinson’s salary unguaranteed, don’t be surprised if the Pelicans drop one or both as Holiday, Cole and Evans get healthier. But for a temporary solution, those two are fine.