After a very brief stint in the NBA Redevelopment League, former Louisville star Russ Smith has rejoined the New Orleans Pelicans.
Last week Smith was sent to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League. He appeared in just two games, 14.5 points and 3.0 steals in 25-minuters per game.
Smith has appeared in just three regular season games games for New Orleans, averaging 0.3 rebounds per game.
“I’ll probably be going back and forth, that’s the reality of it,” Smith tells NBA.com’s Jim Eichenhofer.
“But I’m accepting it, because I’m not the player I want to be right now. I get a chance to work on a lot of stuff in the D-League. It’s not like it’s a punishment; it’s just a way for me to get better. That’s the way I’m looking at.”
Considering that his rookie season hasn’t gone quite as well as he had hoped, it’s good to see Smith is staying positive.
New Orleans has had a number of injuries to their backcourt, which could lead to increased playing time for Russ.