NBA Trade News: Philadelphia 76ers Return Journeyman Ish Smith From Pelicans For Two Second Round Picks
The Philadelphia 76ers made a disastrous start this season and have been ruled out of the playoffs already. The team-management is looking to upgrade the roster for future. As a first step, the Sixers acquired point-guard Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange of two second round picks.Advertisement
The Sixers have lost 30 out of their 31 games. Smith featured for the Sixers in the last season and shall help to boost the point-guard position.
Philadelphia released guard Tony Wroten to make room for Smith in the roster and handed two second round draft picks to the Pelicans.
Smith is the only guy in the league with 150 assists at least and 45 or less turnovers. Smith has posted an average of 8.9 points and 5.7 assists per game featuring in 27 games for the Pelicans this season. A pretty decent performance, on which a shattered Sixers’ camp can bank on.
Smith may play the next game for Philadelphia on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. Wroten was having an injury plagued season, averaging 8.4 points in only 8 games he played this season. His average declined to half of what he registered last season. So, it’s expected that the Sixers would improve with acquiring Smith.
Last season Smith notched up an average of 12 points, six assists and three rebounds for the Sixers. In assist-to-turnover ratio (3.42-to-1), Smith ranks fifth in NBA records. He has also registered 12 assists per 48 minutes, ranking sixth in the league.