Josh Smith signed with the Los Angeles Clippers last week, who were eliminated by his former team, the Houston Rockets, in the playoffs this past season. And, according to a report from ESPN‘s Chris Broussard, Smith made the decision to join LA over Houston for a minimum salary because he preferred “winning and a defined role over money.”

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Smith reportedly signed a one-year contract for the veterans minimum worth $1.5 million. A source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that Smith “chose winning and a defined role over money.”


Smith played 55 games for the Rockets last season after the Detroit Pistons waived him in December.


“Over my pro career I have spent a lot of time in Houston with friends and family. Over the past year, while with the Rockets, the team, fans and people of Houston have made it a second home,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “I want to express my appreciation to everyone for the support and kindness they have showed me and my family while I have been here. Thank you!”