The Clippers signed Smith, who helped eliminate them in the playoffs when he was with the Houston Rockets. Smith reportedly signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum worth $1.5 million.
He averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing 55 regular-season games with Houston, which picked him up when he was waived by Detroit after 28 games last season. He helped the Rockets rally from a 3-1 series deficit against the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. Smith scored 19 points in Game 6, when the Clippers led by 19 points at home only to lose. He had 15 points in Game 7.