Pelicans Acquire Ish Smith
February 19, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, acquiring guard Ish Smith, the rights to Latavious Williams, cash considerations and draft considerations. In exchange, Oklahoma City has acquired draft considerations from New Orleans.
Smith, 6-0, 175, appeared in 30 games this season with Oklahoma City, averaging 1.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists. Undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2010, Smith has appeared in 221 career games, also suiting up for Phoenix, Orlando, Houston, Milwaukee and Memphis, averaging 2.7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.4 rebounds.
Williams, 6-8, 195, was the 48th overall selection by the Miami HEAT after spending his first year out of high school playing for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League – becoming the first player to ever forego college basketball to play a year in the NBA D-League before being drafted – before his rights being acquired by the Thunder. Williams currently plays for Bilbao Basket of Liga ACB (Spain), where he has appeared in 21 games in 2014-15, averaging 7.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.