HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors
Josh Smith has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Pistons pursued Smith the hardest, with agents Brian Dyke and Wallace Prather reaching an agreement with Detroit general manager Joe Dumars on Saturday morning, sources said. Yahoo! Sports
What does it all mean? Well, if you judge by actions and not words, you behold a Rockets team that certainly is acting as though it has secured a commitment from Howard. League sources say the Rockets are open to revisiting trade talks that would send Omer Asik to the Hawks in a sign-and-trade for Josh Smith, Howard's AAU teammate in Atlanta. Word among rival teams on Friday also was that Houston was considering a deal that would send Asik to New Orleans for Ryan Anderson, a 3-point sniper who was a strategic complement to Howard when the two were in Orlando. One league source, however, said the proposed Anderson deal wasn't progressing, and another pointed out that Howard and Anderson did not get along in Orlando. CBSSports.com
Adrian Wojnarowski: Houston and Atlanta haven't discussed a Josh Smith sign-and-trade, but that's a conversation that could happen soon, league sources tell Y! Twitter @WojYahooNBA
Ric Bucher: Even if Hawks are not interested in Asik, plenty of teams are, including Ws. The tough move will be w/Lin, viewed by NBA as $8m back-up. Twitter @RicBucher
Ken Berger: Once deal is finalized with Howard and Houston, Asik could be sent to Atlanta in sign-and-trade for Josh Smith. Dallas also pushing. Twitter @KBergCBS
Brian Windhorst: The Hawks would listen on potential Josh Smith-to-Houston sign-and-trade proposals, according to sources. Twitter @WindhorstESPN
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