HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

December 26, 2014 Updates
December 25, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Rockets are making the rounds on Christmas Eve, offering up anyone in the bottom third of their roster via trade to make room for Josh Smith. Joey Dorsey, Tarik Black, Isaiah Canaan, Nick Johnson, Clint Capela ... Rockets seeking taker on any of the above to make room for Josh Smith. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Still, the enigmatic Smith is a risk for any club and probably not ideal for a team with a fragile psyche and a structured triangle offense. He has been noted for his defense at times, however. “He’s a cancer,’’ one league scout said. “No effort, poor shot selection and bad body language.’’ New York Post

And if he can be disciplined enough to abandon his old addiction, even if only slightly, Smith could be a difference maker in the Western Conference with his move to the Rockets. Two days after his shocking release from Detroit, Smith made the expected decision to join a playoff contender in Houston, which offered a winning environment he hadn’t experienced since leaving the Hawks, a starting role at power forward and a long-dreamed-about partnership with his good friend and former AAU teammate Dwight Howard. “Dwight the player was big,” a person close to Smith said. “Dwight the person didn’t hurt, let’s be honest.” Washington Post

December 24, 2014 Updates

Mark Berman: Josh Smith: "It means a lot. It's always been a big interest on their behalf. Now we came together & being able to be wanted by a team with so much dynamics as far as having a chance to win the title is very special and very humbling." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

Mark Berman: Josh Smith on joining Rockets: "I think I can add to their toughness. I think I can add to their versatility at the 4 position, being able 2pass the basketball & score down low.Just add another basketball IQ which will help when we make it 2the postseason" Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

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