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December 22, 2014 Updates

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

Adrian Wojnarowski: Houston's aggressively pursuing Smith, sources say. Rockets-Smith had strong mutual interest 'in 13, but couldn't get sign-and-trade done. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Adrian Wojnarowski: Houston has advantage on most Josh Smith suitors, who only have minimum slots available: Rockets can offer Smith its bi-annual exception. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Sam Amick: Rockets had interest in trading for Smith this season, but couldn't make it work (without losing Harden or Dwight). They want him badly now. Twitter @sam_amick

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets would offer Smith their bi-annual exception, worth $2.077 mil, source said. Would come w good role, good team, good friend (Dwight). Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

Sam Amick: Rockets are feeling good about their chances in Josh Smith sweepstakes, and with good reason: chance to win, good role & cold, hard cash. Twitter @sam_amick

Marc Stein: But Josh Smith has had no bigger fan in the NBA in recent months than Kings owner @Vivek Ranadive Ranadive, so keep your eye on Sacramento Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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