HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

January 29, 2015 Updates

We tracked trade rumor mentions on HoopsHype (which we humbly consider the go-to place for these matters) in the last three years to find out which players appeared most often in the trade mill without actually getting moved. Kharpetian's assertion was not far off: Nets center Brook Lopez is No. 3 in mentions of trade rumors that didn't lead to a deal. Only Pau Gasol and Josh Smith are ahead of him in the past three years. HoopsHype

January 22, 2015 Updates

Gores said he gave Smith the golden parachute because he believes in his coach. "Even before Stan came on, we talked about the future and building the future," Gores said. "Stan didn't just call me one day and say, 'This is what we have to do.' We had been talking for a few months about how we were going to get this team into the future. "Josh is a great talent but we had so many other great talents on the team that we really needed the ball being in more hands. So as much as a lot of people think this decision was made overnight, really it was made over a good month and a half. "We weren't delivering. We weren't winning. It was a process." Booth Newspapers

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The Pistons have gone 11-2 since he was let go in the second season of a four-year, $54 million contract, causing some to throw around the phrase "addition by subtraction" when discussing their recent turnaround. "It didn't upset me," Smith said. "People have opinions and talk about things in the media that they don't necessarily personally know anything about. So you really can't let that affect what's going on." USA Today Sports

January 12, 2015 Updates

After four Smith starts, McHale put Motiejunas back in the starting lineup and moved Smith to the second unit. In that role, Smith can get his hands on the ball and try to get better looks for the reserves. He's averaging 23 minutes a game coming off the bench. "I didn't know Josh," McHale said. "He's been great. I've really enjoyed him. He's got a high basketball IQ, from talking to him. He's been good. He's done everything I've asked him to do. I've sat him down and said 'okay, are you more comfortable coming off the bench? Are you more comfortable starting? Where are you at? 'Cause this is about you being comfortable, not me being comfortable. I just sit my big ass over on that bench.'" NBA.com

Surely, though, Smith has seen what the blogosphere and the analytics folk have said about his toxicity. "I really don't pay attention -- I watch Family Guy, I watch Maury Povich," Smith said. "I really don't put my ears and eyes to negative publicity. I know that every player's critiqued in this league, especially by ones that really don't know the individual players. I really can't get mad. It's something to talk about. If they had nothing to talk about on ESPN and other shows, then nobody would watch." NBA.com

"Stan and I, fortunately for both of us, we've had such a great chemistry and communication with each other since he's come on board, really from our first meeting," Gores said. "Stan is a very thorough guy ... for me, what was comfortable was knowing Stan is such a good coach, and with him, if we're 5-23, which we were, something's not right. "It's not just making a rotation change. I know he was working as hard as possible ... it was very collaborative with each other, like I would do with a CEO. I really challenged Stan to think creatively." NBA.com

"I think it's interesting how intangibles come into play," Gores said. "Our young guys are getting more minutes. We did get Meeks back and that's something you can't ignore, Having Jodie, first of all, he has great energy. Even if he doesn't have a great game he helps the team. He helps KCP (second-year shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope). "Meeks has been a big part of us coming back. And, really, letting Stan run the system he wants. Having Josh and Monroe, It just wasn't working. There just wasn't enough room." NBA.com

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Rockets coach Kevin McHale could offer little insight about how he felt with the rotation now that he has Josh Smith coming off the bench, usually checking in for Dwight Howard. That was because McHale said the move was not made based on his preference, but for Smith’s. “The biggest thing is about getting him comfortable,” McHale said before the Rockets faced the Knicks on Thursday, Smith’s ninth game since signing with the Rockets. “You can’t play basketball when you’re thinking and funky. He has to get where he’s comfortable. He felt more comfortable with that second team. “I didn’t know Josh. Really, honestly, he’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed him. He has a high basketball IQ, talking to him. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. I’ve sat him down and said, “Ok, are you more comfortable coming off the bench? Are you more comfortable starting? Where are you at, because this is about you being comfortable, not me being comfortable?’ I just sit … over on that bench. I don’t have to be comfortable.” Houston Chronicle

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Smith scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his Houston debut, which resulted in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He was then given a spot in his new team’s starting lineup, but after producing little there in his last four games, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale sent him back to the bench. After shooting a combined 9-of-31 in his last four contests, Donatas Montiejunas was re-inserted into the starting lineup for Houston’s home contest against the Heat on Saturday. NBCSports.com

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Forward Josh Smith went through his first practice with the Rockets on Saturday in San Antonio after playing Friday within just a few hours of officially signing with the Rockets. There won’t be much practice time ahead with the Rockets likely to practice just once if at all over the next 10 days, though Smith seemed to adjust quickly. “When you’re a professional and you’ve played a lot of years like myself, it’s not that hard especially when you know a lot of the guys in the locker room,” Smith said. “They helped me out when I was kind of lost out there on the floor. They helped me along the way to get me through those situations.” Houston Chronicle

December 27, 2014 Updates

“One of the underrated pickups of the year I think will end up being their deal where they brought in Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved,” Dave Joerger said. “That’s right in their wheelhouse. Corey is a guy from right down the road (Portland, Tenn.) that I love a lot. I think he is going to help them, unfortunately. Alexey Shved is a good playmaker and a perfect fit for that system. I think that is a move that didn’t draw the attention a Josh Smith will and Rajon Rondo and guys like that. Everybody’s trying to load up.” Houston Chronicle

Full Josh Smith highlights from his Houston Rockets debut tonight -- 21 points, 8 boards, 3 assists as the team's new power forward, who had just signed this morning, helped fuel the Rockets to a 117-111 overtime win in Memphis, putting Houston (21-7) in first place in the division. Facebook.com

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