HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors


December 27, 2014 Updates

The Rockets released rookie center Tarik Black on Friday to make room for veteran forward Josh Smith, but they also praised Black’s longshot success in making the roster and contributing as the fill-in starting center when Dwight Howard was out. “Tarik did a great job,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I told him he’ll be picked up in our league. I told him in preseason, I said ‘Tarik, you have to go out and open people’s eyes. You didn’t get drafted.’ But he came in and had (15) rebounds in a (preseason) game. Everybody around the league is saying, ‘Dang, what did we miss on Tarik Black?’ “He’s on people’s radar. He’ll get another job. He’s a great kid. I really liked coaching him. A wonderful young man. We’re going to miss him. It’s a tough business this league.” Houston Chronicle

December 25, 2014 Updates

And if he can be disciplined enough to abandon his old addiction, even if only slightly, Smith could be a difference maker in the Western Conference with his move to the Rockets. Two days after his shocking release from Detroit, Smith made the expected decision to join a playoff contender in Houston, which offered a winning environment he hadn’t experienced since leaving the Hawks, a starting role at power forward and a long-dreamed-about partnership with his good friend and former AAU teammate Dwight Howard. “Dwight the player was big,” a person close to Smith said. “Dwight the person didn’t hurt, let’s be honest.” Washington Post

December 24, 2014 Updates
December 23, 2014 Updates

Mark Berman: Dwight Howard on hopes Josh Smith joins Rockets:"That'll be great. I would love to see him here. I think he would bring some more defense to our team. Unit together. It'd be great to have him here. He would do a lot of stuff for us on the defensive end. Blocking shots, rebounding, playing against those big 2-3 guards in the league. Having him would take a lot of pressure of some of our perimeter defenders. Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

December 22, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets tried to trade for Smith, but couldn't make the contracts match without losing Howard or Harden. Howard's strong advocate of Smith. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

As for where Smith might go next after he clears waivers (which is certainly expected), the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks are among the most intriguing options. In addition to the fact that the Rockets talked at length with Smith in free agency two summers ago, Houston center Dwight Howard grew up with Smith in Atlanta and has had interest in playing with him in the past. USA Today Sports

Marc J. Spears: Rockets center Dwight Howard is also close with Josh Smith, too. Ex-AAU teammates from ATL. Rockets had previous interested in Smith, too Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

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