Smith was in New Orleans at the team’s facility on Sunday, per sources, but the team can’t officially add him to the roster until 5 p.m. on Monday at the earliest, since he has to clear waivers. Smith was waived by the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
The Pelicans cut Jeff Adrien, Bo McCalebb and Bryce DeJean-Jones on Saturday, leaving the team with just 14 players on the roster. So Smith’s addition will not require any other roster moves.
Prior to being waived, Smith played in five preseason games with the Wizards and shot 4-for-23 from the field, dishing out 20 total assists in 11.6 minutes per game.
The 6-foot, 175-pound point guard will help provide experienced depth to an injury-riddled Pelicans backcourt. New Orleans will be without Tyreke Evans (knee) and Norris Cole (high ankle sprain) for the first few weeks of the regular season and starting point guard Jrue Holiday is limited to 15 minutes per night as he recovers from a stress reaction in his right leg.
Smith has been in the NBA since 2010 and New Orleans will be his 10thdifferent team.
Last season, he averaged 12.1 points per game in 25 appearances with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to Oklahoma City, where he played sparingly in 30 games.