The Philadelphia 76ers have announced that they have traded for New Orleans Pelicans point guard Ish Smith, who was acquired for two second-round picks.
This is the fifth time in Smith’s six NBA seasons that he has been traded or cut in-season. He has played for nine teams, including now two tenures with Philadelphia, in his six NBA seasons. In 2014-15, Smith began the season in a limited reserve role for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and was sent to the Pelicans at the Trade Deadline. However, the Pelicans cut Smith before he appeared for the team, and was claimed off waivers a few days later by the Sixers. Smith was a regular starter by the end of the season, allowing him to set career bests in minutes played, games started, and points scored.
Philadelphia did not retain Smith in free agency, and he would go to camp with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards cut Smith in the preseason, though, and the Pelicans would sign Smith, where he has played a more consistent role as a back-up point guard.
To make room for Smith on the roster, the Sixers waived point guard Tony Wroten, who had been one of the longest-tenured members of the team. Wroten had only played in eight games this season and in 30 games last season due to a torn ACL, and is owed the remainder of his $2.1 million salary.