Written by Garrett Catalana – @GarrettCatalana
The 87ers have completed a trade with the Los Angeles D-Fenders to add some bulk in the frontcourt.
The team has acquired 6’9 forward Roscoe Smith from LA in exchange for the rights to Juwan Staten. Smith will occupy the twelfth and final roster spot that was left open when Lorrenzo Wade was waived by the team to pursue overseas opportunities last month.
Staten had been acquired in a trade from the Santa Cruz Warriors back in December 2015, but left the team in April 2016 to sign with Belfius Mons-Hainaut of the Belgium League. He has been playing with the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland this season.
Roscoe Smith went undrafted out of UConn & UNLV in the 2014 NBA Draft, later joining the Lakers Summer League team. After being waived, he was acquired by the D-Fenders as an affiliate player. He played well enough his first season to be named to the Futures All-Star Team for the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star Game. In 2015-16, Smith played overseas both in Israel and in Greece before returning to the D-Fenders this past October.
Smith was averaging 10.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19 minutes per game this season for the D-Fenders before the trade. He has decent size and length for a small forward, with the quickness and athleticism to guard multiple positions. His issue has always been on the offensive end of the floor, where he is shooting 49% from the field and just 17% from three. He struggles in the half-court setting but is solid out on the break. He’s an energy guy who can defend and get rebounds but struggles to contribute on the offensive end of the floor.
The 25-year old will be a fine addition for the Sevens, adding some energy and athleticism off the bench, as the team looks to make the playoffs for the first since moving to Delaware.