Taiwan SBL team signs former NBA center Greg Smith: coach

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Greg Smith / image taken from NBA website (www.nba.com)

Greg Smith / image taken from NBA website (www.nba.com)

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) A team in Taiwan's Super Basketball League (SBL) has signed American Greg Smith, a former player in his country's professional league NBA, the team coach said Tuesday.

Smith had been eager to play basketball in Taiwan and wished to play with the Bank of Taiwan team, head coach Wei Chen-ming (韋陳明) said, adding that the relevant procedures were finalized Tuesday.

Bank of Taiwan, one of seven teams in the semi-professional SBL, has signed the 27-year-old former National Basketball Association (NBA) center, who is expected to arrive in Taiwan on the weekend, Wei said.

He said Smith's first appearance with Bank of Taiwan is likely to be next week, when the SBL teams will play a series of warm-up games at Changhua County Stadium.

Describing Smith as an easygoing person, Wei said the 2.08-meter tall center and power forward is expected to bring his experience to bear in the Bank of Taiwan team.

Smith has played a total of 149 NBA games over five seasons, averaging four points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

He signed with the Houston Rockets on Dec. 13, 2011 but was later waived by the team after appearing in two preseason games.

Following a number of recalls and reassignments in 2012, Smith recorded 9 points and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes during a game with the Rockets, which won 98–81 against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 30, 2013.

Smith signed with the Chicago Bulls on April 14, 2014 and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on July 14 that year. On Jan. 5, 2016, he was acquired by the Raptors 905 of the NBA Development League before signing two 10-day contracts with the Minnesota Timberwolves and a rest-of-season contract in March that year.

After Smith's stint in the NBA, he went on to play for teams in Turkey in 2016, and the Philippines and Japan in 2017.

(By Lung Po-an and William Yen)

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