The Clippers have been doing their background research on Smith by turning to Clippers assistant
When Woodson was the coach with the
Woodson and Smith, 29, still have a relationship.
"I don't know," Rivers said, smiling. "It's up to you. You're the reporter."
The fact that Smith was released with so much money remaining on his contract has left some inside the Clippers organization concerned about picking him up.
If Smith clears waivers, he would be able to sign with any team of his choosing by Wednesday.
The Clippers would have only the veteran minimum of $1.4 million to offer Smith to play for them.
Also, because the Clippers have a 15-man roster, they would have to waive a player before they could sign Smith.
Kevin Eastman, vice president of basketball operations for the Clippers, is with the team in San Antonio, and he was seen talking on his cell phone Monday after the media talked to Rivers during the team's shoot-around about Smith.
Clippers bench produces
Finally, Rivers got the kind of bench play he had been seeking from his reserves.
And it was more than Jamal Crawford, who had 18 points. It was the play of
They helped the Clippers climb back from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter and into a 102-102 tie early in the fourth.
"They were great," Rivers said. "Baby [Davis] played with amazing energy. Jordan Farmar had a good game for us. Reggie I thought played great defense. They stayed within themselves."
When: 4:30 PST.
Where: Philips Arena.
On the air: TV: Prime; Radio: 980, 1330.
Records: Clippers 19-9, Hawks 20-7.
Record vs. Hawks (2013-14): 1-1.
Update: The Clippers and the Hawks will meet after each team played consecutive games in Texas, with Los Angeles at San Antonio on Monday night and Atlanta at Dallas. The Hawks are perhaps the hottest team in the NBA, having won four consecutive games and 13 of 14.