HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

LATEST HOOPSHYPE VIDEOS

December 22, 2014 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks never had any interest in Josh Smith when he was a jumper-happy forward seeking a starting job and a high salary. But they’d love to have Smith as a bargain-priced bench player, in particular as a replacement for traded backup big man Brandan Wright. ESPN.com

Joseph Goodman: Can confirm that the Heat has called about Josh Smith, but Rockets are the top suitor, according to @Adrian Wojnarowski. Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr

Houston has aggressively pursued Smith for the past two years, failing in the summer of 2013 to agree to a sign-and-trade agreement with Atlanta to acquire Smith. Before ultimately signing a four-year $56 million deal with Detroit, Smith had been fixated on finding a way to join the Rockets, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Houston can use its biannual exception – worth $2.077 million annually – to lure Smith. Most teams with an interest in Smith, including the Clippers, Kings, Mavericks and Heat, can offer only the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million. Yahoo! Sports

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.