Former Louisville guard Russ Smith has agreed to play with the Portland Trailblazers in the Las Vegas Summer League beginning July 9th.
Russ was drafted in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and immediately traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. Russ Smith played his first season going back & forth between New Orleans and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League. Russ was then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies during his rookie season and went back & forth between Memphis & the Iowa Energy.
Last season Russ played with the Delaware 87ers but was never brought up to the NBA despite scoring a D-League record 65 points in a game vs. the Canton Orange.
At Louisville Russ was a 2013 NCAA Champion, 1st Team All-American, 1st team All-Conference (AAC & Big East) and was honored with the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award.