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#83 Craig Smith
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  • Retired after 2015 season
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  • 6'7" / 265lbs
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  • 11/10/1983
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  • 35th pick, 2006
  • Boston College
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DateLeagueTransaction
2006 NBA DraftNBADrafted 36th overall by Minnesota.
30th August, 2006NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Minnesota.
17th July, 2008NBARe-signed by Minnesota to a two year, $4.8 million contract.
20th July, 2009NBATraded by Minnesota, along with Mark Madsen and Sebastian Telfair, to L.A. Clippers in exchange for Quentin Richardson,
23rd July, 2010NBARe-signed by L.A. Clippers to a one year, $2.3 million contract.
17th December, 2011NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Portland.
11th August, 2012IsraelSigned a one year contract with Hapoel Jerusalem.
15th March, 2013IsraelReleased by Hapoel Jerusalem.
17th May, 2013ChinaSigned a one season contract with Hong Kong Bulls.
13th March, 2014D-LeagueAcquired by Sioux Falls Skyforce.
23rd September, 2014IsraelSigned a one year contract with Ironi Nes Ziona.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2002 - 2006Boston College (NCAA)
July 2006Minnesota Timberwolves (Summer League)
August 2006 - July 2009Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
July 2009 - June 2011L.A. Clippers (NBA)
December 2011 - June 2012Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
August 2012 - March 2013Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
May 2013 - July 2013Hong Kong Bulls (China, NBL)
March 2014 - June 2014Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
September 2014 - June 2015Ironi Nes Ziona (Israel)
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December 12, 2013

Craig Smith - Something of a forgotten man, Smith fell out of the NBA in the summer of 2012 despite a career PER of 16.6. His size was always a concern, yet Smith bangs, scraps, and knows how to get open and finish. Currently unsigned, he merits another look.

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August 12, 2010

The other type of no-trade clause - the one made famous by Devean George - involves players on one year contracts who will have early or full Bird rights at the season's end are given the right to veto any trades that they may be in, so that they aren't powerless to prevent having their Bird rights taken away from them (which is what happens when such players are traded, for reasons I am not aware of.) The players who qualify for that criteria and thus yield that power are as follows;

1) Jason Collins (Atlanta)
2) Marquis Daniels (Boston)
3) Anthony Carter (Denver)
4) Rasual Butler and Craig Smith (L.A. Clippers)
5) Shannon Brown (L.A. Lakers; this can be avoided if he invokes his player option for next season concurrent to the trade.)
6) Jamaal Magloire and Carlos Arroyo (Miami)
7) Aaron Gray (New Orleans; same as Brown.)
8) Josh Howard (Washington)

Just because they have this power, it doesn't mean they will use it. Devean George did, but that was the exception; players last year who could have done but didn't include Nate Robinson and Royal Ivey. Nor did Aaron Gray, who has achieved the unusual feat of having the right to veto a trade in back to back seasons. It is, however, something to note.

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May 8, 2010

Britain (and England in particular) are starting to place some good big men prospects abroad. Joel Freeland was a first round draft pick of the Blazers back in 2006, who is slowly making a name for himself in the powerhouse Spanish ACB. Another Blazers draft pick, Dante Cunningham, has also worked out for the British team, although he doesn't have the pre-requisite passport yet. Former Hornets forward Sean Banks is also eligible for a British passport, and supposedly in the process of getting one. And other British big man prospects that you may have heard of include Dan Clark (Estudiantes Madrid, ACB), Justin Robinson (Rider), Eric Boateng (just graduated from Arizona State University) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (University of Washington).

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