Russ Smith
Russ Smith
28-Year-Old GuardG
Free Agent  Foreign
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a three-year, $2.33 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2014. Traded to the Grizzlies in January of 2015. Waived by the Grizzlies in December of 2015.
Signs deal to remain in China
GFree Agent
September 13, 2017
Smith agreed to a one-year deal with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal reports.
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Smith averaged an incredible 61.2 points per game last season in China's second-tier league, but will now be jumping up to the more talented Chinese Basketball Association. Depending on how he fares with this new team, the 26-year-old could still potentially make an NBA comeback in future seasons.
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Smith averaged 4.2 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 0.5 steals in six minutes per game during six regular season games with the Grizzlies in 2014-15. He shot 40 percent from the field, 20 percent from downtown, and 92 percent from the charity stripe. Smith also appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies' D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, averaging 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 33 minutes per game on 48 percent from the field, 42 percent from deep, and 72 percent from the free-throw line. Smith played sparingly in the playoffs when the Grizzlies were hampered by injuries, but the decision to let Nick Calathes walk in free agency means the team likely plans on keeping a third point guard. Drafting Andrew Harrison in the second round means Smith might have to compete for a spot on the team at training camp. However, Smith's showing at the Orlando Summer League, during which he averaged 14.8 points on 50 percent from the field, 33 percent from three, and 82 percent from the free-throw line, 2.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 3.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 29 minutes per game during five games, likely makes him the favorite if the last roster spot becomes a battle between the two ball-handlers.
Rookie Russ Smith joins the New Orleans Pelicans this season after being acquired in a draft-night trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the rights to Pierre Jackson. The former Louisville star has been one of the most electric players in the nation over the last two college basketball seasons, averaging better than 18 points and two steals in each of his past two seasons. Smith also excelled at the Las Vegas Summer League this July, averaging 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and a league-leading 6.4 assists through five games. This season, there could be an opportunity for playing time immediately with the Pelicans thanks to the departure of guard Brian Roberts. Third-year guard Austin Rivers hasn't found much success yet in the NBA, and fourth-year man Jimmer Fredette has proven to be little more than a three-point specialist in his time in the Association. Even if Smith doesn't overtake Rivers and Fredette, opportunity could arise this season due to injury. Starting point guard Jrue Holiday missed 48 games last season, and shooting guard Eric Gordon's 64 games played in 2013-14 were the most he's played since his rookie season. A volume scorer with three-point range and a reputation as a pesky defender, Smith could hold value this year if things break the right way in New Orleans.
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Signs with Turkish team
GFree Agent
July 26, 2016
Smith signed a one-year contract Tuesday with Galatasaray S.K. of the Turkish Basketball Super League, Sportando reports.
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GFree Agent
January 12, 2016
Smith signed a contract with the D-League on Tuesday, Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor reports.
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December 28, 2015
Smith was waived by the Grizzlies on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
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December 26, 2015
Smith was active for Saturday's game against the Hornets, Rob Fischer of FOX Sports Southeast reports.
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December 22, 2015
Smith was assigned to the D-League's Iowa Energy on Tuesday, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
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