Josh Smith, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers this month after spending last season split between the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets, said at his introductory news conference earlier this week that his lower salary will be “harder” for his family.
Smith’s contract with the Clippers will pay him $1.5 million next season. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons will also pay him $5.4 million for his old deal, which brings his total salary for the 2015-16 season to $6.9 million.
Smith, who after next season will have made over $97 million dollars in his career, according to Spotrac, said this to reporters:
“At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family,” he said. “So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I’m going to push through it, you know, and try to do something long-term after this year.”
It appears Smith is referring to his desire to sign a long contract next summer after his one-year deal with the Clippers ends. Smith signed a four-year, $54 million contract in 2013 with Detroit after spending nine years with the Atlanta Hawks.