Make sure you say it correctly, NBA Champion, Ish Smith! That is right, Smith secured a long-awaited NBA Championship with the Denver Nuggets this past year, even if he was not a contributing piece on the floor during the team’s title run.
Smith holds the record for most NBA teams played for by one player with 13 teams. The list is long, but does include the Philadelphia 76ers where he got some playing time for ‘The Process’ Sixers during their rebuilding years. At 35 years old, and on the back nine of his playing days, Smith is not a sought-after free agent and I would not be surprised if he considered retirement. Going out on top is not the worst thing and he has to be tired of constantly moving.
Another aging former Philadelphia 76er, Hill has struggled to find a home in the NBA since his departure from the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020. For the majority of his career, Hill was a reliable fringe starter/sixth-man type of player that provided aggressive perimeter defense paired with an impressive basketball IQ.
At the age of 37, and with such a guard-talented league it would be surprising if Hill could find a home where he would see meaningful playing time. Similar to Smith, I think Hill must be mulling retirement or potentially going to a title contender in a city he wants to live in just to extend his NBA life another year or two. Why not live it up in LA for the Clippers knowing you are just a scout team player with the best game-day seats?