Pelicans finalize draft trade for Louisville guard Russ Smith _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Pelicans rookie Russ Smith hopes to make an impression this summer to earn a roster spot.

The up and down world of New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard Russ Smith went down again on Thursday when the team reassigned him to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Smith, a 6-foot point guard, played two games with the team last weekend before being called up to the Pelicans on Monday.

Smith averaged 14.5 points and 3.0 steals in 25.5 minutes per game with the Mad Ants. He has appeared in three games for the Pelicans, averaging 0.3 rebounds per game.