It was just announced that the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards are putting together a trade package that will send Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Wizards and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith to the Nuggets.
It’s not a very flashy deal and surely one that won’t get too much attention aside from those who are devoted to either team.
However, there is something pretty special about the trade.
Something historic, in fact.
Assuming Ish Smith plays 1 game in Denver, he would set the record for most franchises played with in NBA history at 13.
— Matt Williams (@StatsWilliams) June 29, 2022
If Smith does end up moving to Denver and plays a single game with the Nuggets, he will set the record for the most franchises played for by an athlete in NBA history.
The Nuggets will be Smith’s 13th team, putting him ahead of everyone else who has ever played the game.
The Long And Winding Road
Smith entered the NBA back in 2010, playing for the Houston Rockets after graduating from Wake Forest and going undrafted.
Following the Rockets, Smith briefly played in the G League and then started his journey through the association.
Smith moved from the the Rockets to the Grizzlies to the Warriors to the Magic to the Bucks to the Suns to the Thunder to the 76ers to the Pelicans to the 76ers again, before hopping over to the Pistons, Wizards, Hornets, and Wizards one more time.
Did you keep up with all of that?
At times, Smith has been a great off-the-bench role player for some of these teams and his career average sits at 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists.
He’s never been the most vital part of a team but he’s often stepped up and given them an extra boost.
Will he do that again in Denver?