The Pelicans are in dire straights at small forward.
They’re down to Quincy Pondexter and Darius Miller, neither of whom has played in the NBA the last two years. Pondexter was hurt, and Miller fell overseas after struggling in his first stint stateside.
But New Orleans is searching for help.
They have a workout there with, I’m told, Josh Smith, Chase Budinger, Martell Webster.
The last time Smith played small forward, it did not go well.
Smith played in China last season, and Budinger (one) and Webster (two) are also at least a full year removed from their last NBA season. None of these options are encouraging – but Smith is the most comical.
Now 31 and in the modern NBA, the 6-foot-9 Smith is probably more center than power forward. His clunky jumper and lagging speed/agility definitely leave him ill-suited to play small forward. (Maybe Wojnarowski meant the other Josh Smith, but that Smith is even more a center.)
How amazing would it be if the Pelicans start two point guards and three centers?