Report: Pelicans signing Josh Smith

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Former high school teammates Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith long fantasized about playing together in the NBA.

They’ll get their chance – because Rondo is hurt.

With several Pelicans – Solomon Hill, Frank Jackson, Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca and Rondo – sidelined, New Orleans was granted a hardship to sign an additional player.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Since the Pelicans worked out Smith in the offseason, they added Tony Allen and Dante Cunningham to shore up their massive hole at small forward. So, New Orleans doesn’t necessarily plan to use Smith at that position (or at all). This could work out.

The Pelicans have a hole at power forward when they stagger Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Smith could temporarily fill it.

But Smith is 31, a year removed from playing in the NBA and even more from playing well. There are reasons he was available.