Smith agreed to a 1 year deal for vet min. of $1.5 million, per source.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 16, 2015
Smith was one of the men who helped eliminate the Clippers last year after struggling through the first five games of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets. The 29-year-old scored 19 points and helped key the massive Game 6 comeback, and then he followed that up with 15 points in Game 7.
Smith averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game last year for Houston after being waived by the Detroit Pistons in December. He then averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game while shooting 38 percent from three in the postseason. The Pistons are still paying him $5.4 million annually through 2019-20, which is why he has no problem taking the minimum for a team that should be really good.
Smith turned down a bigger offer to stay with the Rockets:
The Rockets offered Josh Smith the non-bird exception of roughly $2.5 million for the 2015-16 season.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 16, 2015
Smith joins a retooled Clippers bench that includes Lance Stephenson, Wesley Johnson and Cole Aldrich. The Smith/Stephenson dynamic could certainly be quite entertaining, and getting Smith at the minimum is a steal, even despite his warts.