When the New Orleans Pelicans open training camp on Oct. 1 veteran forward Jason Smith expects to be playing without any limitations despite requiring surgery last season to repair a torn labrum.

Though Smith 7 feet 240 pounds has been held out of contact work during volunteer workouts this month to avoid any setbacks in his recovery he is expected to be cleared in time for camp.

``It’s all fixed; all better’’ Smith said. ``It’s just knowing that it is better and I’ve got to go out there and trust it. I think that’s going to be the big test going through training camp.’’

There probably wasn’t a player on New Orleans’ roster last season that played through more injuries than Smith. He played with a torn labrum for almost three months before he re-injured his right shoulder during a February game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Over the course of the season Smith also played with a lower back injury a strained left shoulder and torn ligaments in his left thumb. But he still was an impact player off the bench after averaging 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 51 games.

To get ready for this upcoming season Smith went through extensive rehabilitation that mostly involved strengthening exercises for his right shoulder. He also participated in conditioning work with his teammates to prepare for training camp.

``I have to continue working hard in the rehab process’’ Smith said. ``I’ve tried to get some controlled contact with the training staff but there is only so much they can do to kind of imitate a 7 foot 260-pound person. ``I’m hoping to get stronger and just go into training camp ready.’’