Report: Josh Smith Agrees to deal with Chinese League

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According to David Pick, former Rocket Josh Smith has agreed to a deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.



For Smith, the past few seasons have been very rough. It seems whenever he leaves a team, that particular team starts to do better. We saw it happen with the Detroit Pistons. He signed a four-year, $54 million with them in 2013 and would end up being waived in 2014 after the Pistons started the season 5-23. While he was productive at times, the team ultimately didn’t like the fact that Smith was so reliant on the three-pointer when it wasn’t his strength.

Smith’s first tenure in Houston was fantastic. For the Rockets, he was able to facilitate to the shooters and rekindle the relationship with Dwight Howard from their AAU days. And of course, we can’t forget about Smith leading the comeback for the Rockets in game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers. His three-point shot was finally helping him out and he would end up becoming a huge contributor to the Rockets’ playoff run in 2015.

Since Smith is only signing a deal in China for three months, he will be able to come back to the NBA later on in the season. Depending on his play overseas, it will be interesting to see if any team decides to take a chance on him. While Smith would prefer to not go overseas, he understands that this might just be what saves his NBA career.

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