The Houston Rockets have focused the majority of their attention towards getting center Dwight Howard. According to sources, the team is acting as if they “already have him, if you talk to them.”
But their are reports that Dwight Howard is leaning towards Dallas instead. If Howard chooses Dallas, that would leave the Rockets scrambling to recover. They’d likely pull Omer Asik off the trade block for starters.
But the Rockets have a back up plan and that man is forward Josh Smith, whom they met with Monday, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.
The Houston Rockets told Atlanta Hawks free-agent forward Josh Smith during their meeting Monday in Los Angeles that they will make him a contract offer if they don’t sign Los Angeles Lakers free-agent center Dwight Howard, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
Smith understood the Rockets’ position and wasn’t offended. Smith hasn’t met with the Atlanta Hawks, who could pursue a sign-and-trade deal to get something in return for him.
The Detroit Pistons however have centered their free agency efforts around Josh Smith and met with him for 5 hours.