Source: Smith working out in hopes of NBA return

Former Rockets forward Josh Smith has been hoping for a return to the NBA this season.

Veteran free-agent forward Josh Smith is working out daily in hopes of a receiving a call and returning to the NBA this season, a league source told Ben Stinar of Amico Hoops.

Smith is said to have matured and is looking to join a team where he can help mentor younger players both individually and from a team perspective.

Smith, 32, last appeared in the NBA in November as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. He was waived after three games. He worked out for several teams over the offseason.

Smith is 6-foot-9 and was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks out of high school with the No. 17 overall pick in 2004. He has also spent time with Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.

The former slam-dunk champion carries career averages of 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Smith was named to the All-Defensive second team in 2005 and 2010.

In 2010, he became the youngest player (at 24 years old) to record 1,000 career blocked shots.