Posted July 03, 2013

Report: Houston Rockets attempting to sign Josh Smith and Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard and Josh Smith may be joining forces in Houston. (Fernando Medina/NBAE)

Dwight Howard and Josh Smith may be joining forces in Houston. (Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

In an attempt to lure Dwight Howard away from re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets have interest in signing Josh Smith in hopes of securing Howard’s services, according to a USA Today report.

Howard opened his free-agency period by meeting with the Rockets on Monday and according to the report, Howard and the Rockets discussed a possible pairing of Smith and Howard in Houston. The only way the Rockets could acquire Smith would be to convince the Atlanta Hawks to engage in a sign-and-trade deal in order for the Rockets to clear enough salary cap space to sign both Howard and Smith. 

According to a CBS Sports report, the Rockets have made point guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik available on the trading block. Both players earn $8.3 million for each of the next two seasons. As part of their cap-clearing efforts, the Rockets traded Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trail Blazers last week along with waiving point guard Aaron Brooks and forward Carlos Delfino.

Smith and Howard were once teammates at the AAU level in their hometown of Atlanta. Howard met with the Dallas Mavericks and Lakers on Tuesday and has reportedly left Los Angeles to contemplate his future destination.

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24 comments
wallyj
wallyj

So the rockets get Howard...Either Golden State or Rockville was the better choice..The Lakers don't get it at all..There old with a bad head coach..I'm glad poppa BUSS didn't see this..The new LAKER Buss Jr doesn't get it!!! GET RID OF that 2nd rate coach....Howad is a very good center n will do well in Houston...not a rocket fan but a baskellball fan...Congrats Kev M....

Unkown
Unkown

JLin and Asik will not be traded Daryl already stated to houston chronicle their not on the shopping block..

Both with Omer and Jeremy, we feel like they’re good fits for Dwight. Omer with Dwight would give us the best (centers) in the league in combination. Jeremy is an attacking guard, great in pick-and-roll, a great fit for Dwight. Dwight works great with shooting and attacking guards. Harden is great at both. That’s why he’s an All Star.


RaptorFan
RaptorFan

So Houston will pay roughly 80% of their cap on Smith, Howard, and Harden...and what will they do for the rest?

SteveClodfelter
SteveClodfelter

Don't see this working. Keep what you have, you're close already. Pick up Iguodala for toughness and maybe Carl Landry as a big body for a couple of years. Tinker, don't blow it up by bringing in someone with a me first attitude, and be patient. Don't do that stupid Texas bravado thing and try to win it all at once. This just doesn't sound like something that will turn out well for them. At the very least don't bring in Smith. He's WAY too much like Howard. Talent to burn, but selfishness to match.

beasley4540
beasley4540

Who ever signs howard will not win a ring he has become a joke

John4
John4

Dwight Howard seems like he'll join that list of "never won a championship".  (When he finishes his playing career).  (And devotes his time 100% to making babies)!

cjsamms
cjsamms

Are they planning to move Smith back to his natural position at PF? Is that going to stop him from chucking up low percentage 3s? Will that improve his decision-making? Will that improve his rebounding? When you've been in the league that long and people are still talking about harnessing your upside potential, maybe it's no longer "potential"? Maybe that's who you are?

And who's going to get Howard the ball after you gave up all your PGs to sign 2 more max players? Morey might be good at finding hidden talent, but is he going to be able to find a Ray Allen, Shane Battier, and a Mario Chalmers on the cheap to duplicate what the Heat did? Doubtful.

Would Iguodala's perimeter defense be a better fit? What about Reddick's or Dunleavy's outside shooting to spread the floor? Or maybe someone like Eric Maynor at PG to allow them to used Lin as the 6th man? Looks like any of them could have been had for less than max contracts.



MikelArtist
MikelArtist

i don't think so... pairing dwight with josh... trading asik and lin... it won't work... asik is better rebounder, better free throw line... 

M20
M20

This would be so stupid. The Rockets are better off with Lin and Asik than Josh Smith.

donald5
donald5

Sounds like a Mariah Carey and Celine Dion diva tour

muser
muser

Combining as many selfish players as possible seems like a great way to create team chemistry.....meanwhile the Spurs keep winning.

Jerrell Hayes
Jerrell Hayes

Even tho I like dwight I would not sighn him..we should sighn core players and grind it out this year...we should wait for kevin love because he wants to come to houston..he would strech the floor wide open and fit perfectly for houston..but it looks like we mite get dwight so I caint really b mad at that

mannythegoat
mannythegoat

Les Alexander has said on the record that he wouldn't mind paying the luxury tax if it's for a championship caliber roster. 

Daryl Morey has said that he's not shopping Lin or Asik, but that he has received calls about both. 

Part of the pitch to Dwight is being Team China. Part of the reason the Rockets remain Team China is that Jeremy Lin is their starting point guard.

I guess my point is that if the Rockets want to bring in Josh Smith with Dwight Howard, they'll just sign him. The Rockets have no problem paying Asik 8.3 for 15-20 minutes a game (as per Morey), and Lin isn't going anywhere (as per me). The salary cap is an issue for other teams, but for the right players (whether D12 or JSmoove should ever be considered "right" is another question entirely), it wouldn't be a concern for the Rockets.

AntwonBurkhaulter
AntwonBurkhaulter

If my team, Houston Rockets, can sign . Dwight Howard and Josh Smith I see a ring H-town , Yes I said it first. Houston Rockets five , Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard and Josh Smith. """"" Think about it"""""

Sportsfan_Adam
Sportsfan_Adam

Two insufferable, uncoachable, childish giants on the same team.  Dealing with these two might break James Harden.  He'll start showing up to games freshly shaved.  He might just stare into the stands and dribble aimlessly in the back court.  

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

@AntwonBurkhaulter Asik or Lin would likely have to be traded to get Smith via the sign-and-trade.  Don't start counting your chickens before they hatch...

John4
John4

@AntwonBurkhaulter I am thinking about it, and do not see it.  Josh Smith  - very risky, not dependable.  Dwight Howard - lacking on offense, FT percentage, maturity and mental toughness.  James Harden - he IS good.  Chandler Parsons and Patrick Beverley - NOT difference makers by ANY definition.  This looks like a starting five that might be ALMOST as good as the Spurs and Grizzlies - NOT better.

caps for emphasis - not yelling!

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@AntwonBurkhaulter We all know Dwight is childish etc... but as a player he is good.  He was 14th in the league in field goal percentage last year.  He is currently 17th all time in career true shooting percentage and this incorporates free throws too.

The Rockets were either the 8th or 9th best shooting team last year for team field goal percentage.  The Heat were number 1 and the Spurs and the Thunder were tied for #2.  The Rockets were top ten and Dwight would help them.

The Rockets were also like 8th or 9th place in team 3 pt shooting percentage.  The Heat, Spurs and Thunder were 2nd, 3rd and 5th.  Again, the Rockets are close.


However, Josh Smith isn't a good shooter.  His career field goal percentage is well below what the Rockets shot as a team last year.  Chandler Parsons, Patrick Patterson and Omer Aisk all shot much better from the field than Josh did or does.  

Also, Josh likes to think he can shoot 3 pointers.  He is a career .283 percent 3 pt shooter.  Brick city.  And he's taken an average of 155 3 pointers each of the last 3 yrs.

I know Dwight and Josh are friends and that if they get Dwight, they'll have to keep him happy, but Josh won't improve the Rockets like many on these sites think he will.

The money they'd pay to Josh could be much better spent on others to continue improving this team and bring it closer to championship caliber.  

John4
John4

 Sportsfan 18 - yours is one of the best, and most intelligent comments about Dwight Howard I have read.  Very intelligent, well done.