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December 24, 2014 Updates

"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

Sources say the Rockets, with Howard leading their recruiting pitch, believe Smith will ultimately choose Houston over Miami and the Dallas Mavericks, whose recruiting effort is being spearheaded by another one of Smith's close friends: Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo. "He's just as close to Dwight as he is to Rondo," one source said late Monday, "and Dwight wants him." ESPN.com

Agent Wallace Prather told me earlier today that the Heat is among teams that have called to express interest in forward Josh Smith, who was surprisingly released by Detroit on Monday. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported tonight that the Heat has formally applied for its $2.65 million disabled player exception, as expected, and hopes to get that money to offer it to Smith. Miami Herald

"I think we can use an athletic big," Rondo said after the Mavs' 105-102 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "They traded me for Brandan Wright. Besides Tyson [Chandler], our other bigs are perimeter shooters. Josh brings a lot to the game -- his intangibles, he can make plays, rebound, defend. He'd be a good fit anywhere, but especially here I think he'd be a good fit." ESPN.com

The Wizards front court is as deep as any in the NBA so it was no surprise when a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Washington is not pursuing Josh Smith after the Detroit Pistons shockingly waived him Monday. Washington Post

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