Javonte Smart Signs With Serbian Team

Three weeks after being waived by the Sixers, Javonte Smart has signed with KK Crvena Zvezda in Serbia, writes Johnny Askounis of Eurohoops. The team announced that Smart’s contract will run through the end of the season and carries an option for 2024/25.

Smart, who held a two-way contract with Philadelphia, made just one brief NBA appearance before being released when the team signed Kenneth Lofton Jr. He spent most of the season with the Delaware Blue Coats in the G League, averaging 21.0 points, 5.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 16 Showcase Cup games.

The 24-year-old point guard began his NBA career on a two-way contract with Milwaukee after going undrafted out of LSU in 2021. He appeared in 13 games for the Bucks before being waived, then got into four more games with Miami on another two-way deal during the 2021/22 season.

Smart will provide depth for a KK Crvena Zvezda team that has experienced a series of injuries, Askounis adds. Among the recent losses are 2024 lottery prospect Nikola Topic and former NBA player Milos Teodosic. The Serbian squad is 9-12 in EuroLeague play, but leads the ABA League at 13-2.

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