Oakland, Calif. – After recently firing his agent Joel Bell of Bell Sports Management, Portland Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith has since hired former NBA player B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group, CSNNW.com has learned.
Armstrong is considered by many around the league as one of the young up-and-coming agents in the profession, representing NBA notables such as Chicago's Derrick Rose, Atlanta's Al Horford, Boston's Jason Terry, and Denver's JaVale McGee.
Smith's former agent, Bell, has been a personal friend of the Smith family for years. Smith told CSNNW.com last week that it was just time for him to move on and take his career to the next level.
A source close to the situation had told CSNNW.com that Bell was pushing to get Smith out of Portland this season, but was obviously unsuccessful in doing so. Smith had acknowledged that Bell did request a trade, but says his inability to get it done wasn't the reason he chose to let go of the only agent he's had as a professional.
Smith said he never asked to be traded.
In 62 career games, Smith is averaging 3.4 points, 1.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assist in 11.1 minutes a game. Wednesday, he was recalled up by the Trail Blazers from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League after playing two games and averaging 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in 38.0 minutes per game.