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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Rockets Want to Pair Up Josh Smith and Dwight Howard in Houston

Though initial reports had Josh Smith pegged as Houston’s “Plan B” should they fall through on signing Dwight Howard, new reports are now emerging that paint a different picture.

The Rockets have recently made it quite clear that they are trying to work out a deal to bring both Howard and Smith to play alongside franchise centerpiece James Harden in Houston.

The Rockets currently has the cap space to sign Howard outright; however, they would need to entice the Hawks into a sign-and-trade deal to bring Smith on board as well. Multiple media outlets have determined Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to be the likely trade chips in any deal for Smith. Lin would give the Hawks a very capable scorer at the guard position and Asik would step into the role of defensive stopper in Atlanta almost immediately.

If this trade scenario were to come into fruition it would immediately give the Rockets one of the most intimidating rosters in the league, featuring James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Josh Smith and Dwight Howard as its core.

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