Clippers Paid The Rockets To Take Back Josh Smith


Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Clips are sending Josh Smith back to the Houston Rockets for a handshake and a pat on the back.  Thanks for coming, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported:

The Clippers will send cash to cover the remaining $460,000 on Smith’s $1.4 million minimum salary this season and the draft rights to Serhiy Lischuk. Houston sends the Clippers the rights to Maarty Leunen. Neither player is expected to play in the NBA.

Maarty Leunen was the 54th pick in the 2008 draft, a selection I’m sure you all remember that stunned the NBA world (not a chance in hell).  Leunen was selected between fellow basketball legends future all-stars tall guys you’ve never heard of,  Tadija Dragićević (currently in Serbia) and Mike Taylor (D-League).

Essentially the Clippers paid to get rid of Josh Smith, and the only takers were the Rockets.  But why would Houston want him back??

Yes…you read that tweet correctly.  The word “respected” should be offended.