The Houston Rockets have been making a lot of noise around the basketball world lately. They are rumored to be very aggressive in the attempt of landing superstar Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic and have backed up that speculation by acquiring two first-round draft picks and four players in the last two days — they are now also believed to be in the hunt of obtaining another top-tier star, to further entice Howard by bringing in one of his best friends, Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.
Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN.com discuss the possibility of Houston landing Smith.
“Although several rival teams now believe the Rockets are determined to stockpile a fistful of first-round draft picks to offer Orlando for Howard, sources say there are other established players they’re interested in acquiring. One of them, sources say, is Atlanta Hawks swingman Josh Smith, who happens to be one of Howard’s closest friends.”
Sources say if Houston was to deal for Smith, they would likely send back a first round draft pick and the expiring contract of shooting guard Kevin Martin to the Hawks.
The Rockets have been a fixture in the headlines recently by trading Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 18 overall pick and the draft rights to Lior Eliyahu, as well as trading their No. 14 overall pick along with center Samuel Dalembert to the Milwaukee Bucks for the 12th overall selection, Shaun Livingston, Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman.