Russ Smith gets guaranteed contract with Pelicans - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Russ Smith gets guaranteed contract with Pelicans

Posted: Updated:
  • SPORTSMore>>

  • Golson leads No. 17 Irish to 48-17 win over Rice

    Golson leads No. 17 Irish to 48-17 win over Rice

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:14:01 GMT
    Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victoryMore >>
    Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victoryMore >>
  • Illini, Lunt survive Youngstown scare, 28-17

    Illini, Lunt survive Youngstown scare, 28-17

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:39:59 GMT
    It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener. Lunt threw three late touchdowns for Illinois. The secondMore >>
    It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener. Lunt threw three late touchdowns for Illinois. The secondMore >>
  • Kentucky blows out UT Martin, 59-14

    Kentucky blows out UT Martin, 59-14

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:36:13 GMT
    Braylon Heard's first-half touchdown runs of 73 and 43 yards spurred Kentucky to a season-opening, 59-14 rout of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. Quarterback Patrick Towles added a TD passing and runningMore >>
    Braylon Heard's first-half touchdown runs of 73 and 43 yards spurred Kentucky to a season-opening, 59-14 rout of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. Quarterback Patrick Towles added a TD passing and runningMore >>
 Louisville, KY (WAVE) - Rick Pitino broke the news at the beginning of his summer update. Former Card Russ Smith has already earned a guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.

"We're extremely excited because he has signed a contract, he has a contract committed, whether he has physically signed it or not, a guaranteed contract, which is awesome," Pitino said.

Smith has spent the past few days practicing in preparation for the Pelicans summer league appearance in the Las Vegas Summer League. The teams first game is Friday night at 10:30 pm EST against an NBA D-League Select team.

"I think I'm pretty dynamic, enough to be able to contribute in different areas if needed, I'm just here to win, so whatever it takes to win, I'll be happy to fill that role," Smith said.

He was selected with the 47th pick in the NBA draft in June. Second round picks are not automatically given guaranteed contracts. The NBA league minimum is just north of $500,000 per season.

(Copyright 2014 WAVE News. All rights reserved.)

Powered by WorldNow