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December 24, 2015

Sixers acquire Ish Smith from Pelicans, waive Wroten

Trade brings point guard back to Philadelphia for second stint

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Ish Smith (4) drives past Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Atlanta.

With the worst record in the NBA, the historically bad 1-30 Philadelphia 76ers have made a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans to acquire point guard Ish Smith in exchange for two second-round draft picks.

The trade seals a second stint in Philadelphia for Smith, who has averaged 8.9 points and 5.7 assists through 27 games for New Orleans this season.

In 25 games with the Sixers last season, the six-year NBA veteran out of Wake Forest averaged 12 points, six assists and three rebounds. He is the only player this season to record an average of at least 150 assists against 45 or fewer turnovers, according to the Associated Press.

As part of the transaction, the Sixers waived guard Tony Wroten, who has been hampered by injuries and only appeared in eight games.

The Sixers will head to Phoenix Saturday night to take on the Suns at 9 p.m. EST.