Pelicans bring back rookie guard Russ Smith from NBA Development League



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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans have recalled rookie point guard Russ Smith from assignment in the NBA Development League.

The 6-foot Smith, whose recall to New Orleans was announced Monday evening, has played in two games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 14.5 points and three steals per contest.

Fort Wayne won both games in which Smith played.

Smith has appeared in three regular season games for New Orleans, but has yet to register any points or assists.

Smith was second-round draft choice out of Louisville, selected 47th overall by Philadelphia last spring and then traded to New Orleans on draft night.

He averaged five points and 1.2 assists in six preseason appearances.

New Orleans hosts the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

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