Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joe Smith Traded to the Lakers

Steve Blake has a new teammate on the Lakers: fellow Terp Joe Smith (1993-95) was traded from the New Jersey Nets to Los Angeles today as part of a 3-team deal also including the Houston Rockets. Excerpt from the Lakers' press release:
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired forward Joe Smith from the New Jersey Nets in a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. New Jersey will also send the Lakers Golden State’s second round draft choice in 2011 and Chicago’s second round draft choice in 2012. The Lakers will also receive the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk from Houston, as well as a trade exception. In return, New Jersey will receive guard Sasha Vujacic and a protected 2011 first round draft pick from the Lakers. New Jersey will receive a protected 2012 first round draft pick from Houston, while the Rockets will receive guard Terrence Williams from New Jersey. [...]

In 1,018 career games (619 starts), Smith is averaging 11.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 26.5 minutes. Signed by New Jersey as a free agent prior to the 2010-11 season, Smith has played in four games this season (three starts), averaging 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 6.3 minutes.

Over at SBNation, they try to guess Smith's impact on the Lakers rotation.

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