Portland to sign Dennis Smith Jr. for camp.
According to Adrian Woznarowski of ESPN, the Portland Trailblazers are bringing Smith to the training camp.
Portland’s intentions and regrettable past season.
Smith’s contract with the Detroit Pistons expired last season. As the rookie contract ended, he became a limited free agent. However, it failed to sign another contract. Having failed to sign a formal contract, he had to settle for a camp deal.
Portland is likely to consider Smith as a backup point guard if he survives this time. Portland is building backcoat power with Damien Lillard and C.J. McCallum. There is no good point guard to back Lillard. If Smith passes through the camp, he appears to be trying to fill the backup guard with Smith and Anpanny Simmons.
He was traded to Detroit by the New York Knicks during the last season. New York City has decided to receive Derek Rose by sending a ticket to the second round of 2021 with Smith.A. Rivers) with Smith. After New York recruited Rose, New York consolidated its backcoat efforts, and Detroit cleared the squad. Smith could get a chance to play in Detroit.
Last season Smith played for New York and Detroit. In 23 games, he played 18.3 minutes per game, recording 6.7 points (400 .328.731) 2.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists. In Detroit, he was not able to take the opportunity, but in 20 games, he improved by scoring 7.3 points and 2.7 assists and 3.7 assists in an average of 19.6 minutes.
Prospects who failed to meet expectations at the time of nomination.
Smith advanced to the NBA through the 2017 draft. He was called to Dallas for ninth place in the first round. He averaged 15.2 points in the 2017-2018 season as a rookie. He was named the Dallas Mavericks prospect. Dallas, along with Smith, used Luca Doncic, Harrison Barnes (Sacramento) and Nerinth Noel (New York) as key players.
He was traded from Dallas to the New York Knicks during the 2018-2019 season in his second year. In the first two seasons, he scored double digits on average, but in the next two seasons, he was sluggish, showing his limitations by three-point shots and ups and downs. Crucially, he showed his potential as a rookie in the first season, but he failed to reach his potential by struggling to defend against his opponent.
He was also unable to avoid going to the G-League during the last season. He also headed for the Westchester Knicks, a New York G-League team, in February. Not playing well in New York, he claimed to be heading for the G-League. However, he was traded to Detroit in New York a week after going back and forth between the G-League. He made only three appearances in New York, but took the opportunity in Detroit.
However, the contract could not be renewed. After the trade, it seemed to get a chance in Detroit, but its position decreased significantly in April. He was excluded from the game after an away game against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 11 (Korea time). In February, he used to score double-digit points when he played as a starting pitcher, but it was regrettable that he didn’t get a proper spot.