If you’ve scrolled Twitter at all today, you may have come across this nugget (no pun intended) courtesy of ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
While the reported trade isn’t a particularly impactful one—none of the players dealt averaged more than 15 points per game last season—it did make history with Ish Smith joining his 13th NBA team, breaking a record previously shared by Smith, Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. Along with the Wizards, the six-foot guard has also played for the Rockets, Grizzlies, Warriors, Magic, Bucks, Suns, Thunder, 76ers (who he’s played for twice), Pelicans, Pistons and Hornets.
The well-traveled vet appeared in 65 games this past season, averaging 6.3 points in a reserve role for Washington and Charlotte. Though he’s never stayed in one place for very long—his 219 games as a Piston are the most he’s logged for any team—Smith has pocketed over $37 million in career earnings, an impressive sum for a player who went undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2010. Smith, who celebrates his 34th birthday next week, has now been traded seven times and twice since February.
Most players who achieve journeyman status attain that distinction later in their career, but not Smith, who’s never had the luxury of a long-term contract. It’s a testament to Smith’s will and determination, committing to a line of work that’s brought him to 13 cities in a 12-year period. Maybe, after a decade spanning every square inch of the United States, Denver will finally be the one, the forever home Smith has been searching for his entire career. But more likely, it’s just another pitstop for a player who’s been living out of his suitcase for as long as he can remember.