Soothing Balm/Desperate Measures?

Probably a silly question, but why do quite a few hammerdin builds use the Soothing Balm node in Smite when there is a point in the Desperate Measures node? Doesn’t the Desperate Measures node cancel out any healing? I must be missing something pretty easy… If anyone has some advice, let me know!

Only when you’re at or below zero mana when you cast it.

Oh, so the desparate measures node only procs if smite was a free cast?

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