HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors


December 24, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Latest Josh Smith rumble: Houston, I'm told, is assuring Smith that he'll have a starting spot, which only makes Rockets more of a favorite Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson expressed confidence that Dallas would soon bolster its bench with the addition of Jermaine O'Neal or Josh Smith. The Mavs, who are searching to replace traded backup center Brandan Wright in their rotation, are among several teams who have expressed interest in O'Neal and Smith, a pair of high-profile available veterans. "I feel pretty good that we'll be able to come to terms with one," Nelson said Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "Certainly to come up with both would be just hitting a grand slam home run. Look, there's a long line for suitors on both fronts. ESPN.com

"I think the fact that Jermaine has chosen Dallas to be his home in the long term certainly has its place and resonates with time with family and such. And here's a guy who has a long history not only with our coach but with our point guard/quarterback. That certainly has a place. "With Josh, again, we're one of a number of potential teams and suitors. It's got to be right with him and with us. We're kind of in the swings of putting our best foot forward. If we're able to hit that one home, it just would be a real, real nice get for us." ESPN.com

"If he did fit and if he joined us, it would be a sixth man situation, but we'd see him as a starting-caliber type guy," Nelson said. "He's got a very rare combination of strength and versatility. He'd be a great addition for whatever team is lucky enough to get his services, but he understands and is fully aware that we have a power forward that we're very comfortable with and Tyson [Chandler] has got the center position locked down, so he would be a heck of a piece at any one of our three frontline positions." ESPN.com

December 23, 2014 Updates

Tom Penn: I will tell you, that in my years in the front office, no less than five different occasions, my head coach came in upset, reeling and angry and demanding that we waive or get rid of a guy by Monday. I had one Hall of Fame coach come in and say "get rid of three guys by Monday or I quit." It's a very normal, emotional thing, because you want that head coach focused on the next three days rather than the next three years, which is the front office's job. ESPN.com

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

"The reason nothing was done in the summer…you've got to know your team and players before you start shipping people around," Van Gundy said after a two-hour practice Monday. "At that point, I didn't know. And I didn't anticipate this. We went into the season expecting to be much better. It hasn't worked out that way. To stay on the same course would be bad leadership." Detroit News

Van Gundy said the team's underperforming — numerous times citing the Pistons' 5-23 record—led to Smith's release more than anything else. He said there was no confrontation that led to the surprising move, which caused ripples through the NBA. "We all know in this league and there's no hiding it, when you're making the big bucks and you're the guy, and you don't produce, fans and media look at you like what's going on?" said point guard Brandon Jennings. "And that goes for anybody in this league." Detroit News

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