Report: Josh Smith ‘Chose Winning Over Money’ to Join Clippers

by July 19, 2015

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!”