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Who are Sergei Lishouk and Maarty Leunen? A look at the Josh Smith trade

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The Houston Rockets traded away the rights to Maarty Leunen and received Josh Smith, cash, and the rights to Sergei Lishouk.

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The Los Angeles Clippers Friday basically gave away the right for Josh Smith back to the Houston Rockets. As part of the deal, Clippers received the draft rights to Maarty Leunen and the Rockets received cash considerations and the draft rights to forward/center Sergei Lishouk. Let's take a look at the other parts of this deal not named Josh Smith.

Maarty Leunen

Maarty Leunen, 30, played basketball at the University of Oregon from 2004-2008 -- he was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2007 and was named to the second team All-Pac-10 list in 2008. The Rockets drafted Leunen in the second round of the 2008 draft with the 54th overall pick.

Leunen choose instead to sign with Turkish League team Darüşşafaka before the 2008 season. Leunen was invited to play on the Rockets Summer League team in 2009.

Leunen spent six season with Italian team Mapooro Cantù and the 2014-15 season with German team Ratiopharm Ulm. He is currently playing with Italian team Sidigas Avellino.

Sergei Lishouk

Sergei Lishouk, 33, was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft with the 49th overall pick -- out of Ukrainian. Lishouk, a 6 foot-11 inch tall forward, has already been a part of the Rockets system as Houston traded for his rights in 2008 for Malick Badiane's rights. His rights were transferred again in 2010, this time to the Lakers and to Houston again in 2014 as part of the Jeremy Lin trade to the Lakers.

Houston traded his rights for a third time, this time to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the three team deal that sent Corey Brewer to Houston. The Clippers got his rights as part of the deal that sent Jared Cunningham, cash and the rights to Cenk Akyol to Philadelphia.

Lishouk has played for Ukrainian teams BC Khimik and BC Azovmash, Spanish team Valencia BC and CB Murcia. Lishouk doesn't appear have any inclination to join the NBA.

Cash Considerations

The Clippers are sending cash to over the remaining $460,000 on Smith's $1.4 million salary. It's straight cash homie.