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Clippers sign Josh Smith, who helped Houston knock them from playoffs

Clippers sign Josh Smith, who helped Houston knock them from playoffs

The Clippers did far more than retain DeAndre Jordan this summer. They notched the latest in a series of free-agent triumphs Thursday when they signed veteran forward Josh Smith for one year and $1.5 million, snagging a onetime borderline All-Star for a bargain-bin price. Smith picked the Clippers over others who offered more money because they presented a chance for him to be Blake Griffin's primary backup at power forward, said one person close to Smith who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. The Houston Rockets wanted to keep Smith, a childhood friend of center Dwight Howard, after acquiring him in December but only as...

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