Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Joe Smith Traded to Philadelphia 76ers

Joe Smith (1993-95) was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday. The news media is mostly focusing on one of the other guys involved in the trade, Allen Iverson. The Denver Post had this to say about Joe Smith:
Smith was acquired by Denver in a trade with Milwaukee on Aug. 10. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11 games with the Nuggets this season and is in the final year of a contract that pays $6.8 million this season. Philadelphia was looking to acquire at least one veteran player with a large expiring contract.

"As long as I get on the floor, I'm cool with it," Smith said. "I just want to play."

The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that this is Joe Smith's second stint in Philly:
A 12-year veteran, Smith has played for six franchises, including a brief stay with the Sixers in 1998. He is averaging 13.5 minutes in 11 games. His offensive numbers have steadily dropped since his sophomore season (18.7 points per game). Smith had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last December, sidelining him for 30 games. He garnered all-rookie first-team honors in 1996 and was named rookie of the month twice during his first season. Smith was the No. 1 overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 1995 draft.

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