The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a one-year deal with former Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith. The agreement will include an option to extend Smith for an additional year, announced on Twitter by The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2021
Having spent the last two seasons playing for the Wizards, Smith now joins a backcourt led by 2020-2021 Rookie Of The Year LaMelo Ball and veteran guard Terry Rozier. Smith’s inclusion will also help fill in production now left unanswered by the departure of Devonte’ Graham (sign-and-trade) and Malik Monk (free agency).
Smith entered the league undrafted out of Wake Forest, first signing with the Houston Rockets in 2010, then bouncing around several NBA franchises — culminating to a league-high twelve teams played for, highest among all active NBA players.
Smith had his best season with the 2015-2016 Philadelphia 76ers: averaging 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Last year with the Wizards, Smith’s role was built on a solid 21.0 minutes per game, despite averaging only 6.7 points and 3.9 assists.
The 33-year-old point guard now looks for a fresh start in a familiar place. The deal reunites the journeyman with a city that always lands close to home, as noted by the Charlotte native.