Report: Josh Smith Agrees to Join Houston Rockets

by December 24, 2014

Earlier this week, Josh Smith was waived by the Detroit Pistons, in a surprising mid-season move. Today, Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Smith has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets. Smith and Rockets center Dwight Howard share a close friendship, and Dwight was said to be a heavy recruiter of J-Smoove this week. Details, from Adrian Wojnarowski:

Josh Smith has agreed to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.


The Detroit Pistons on Monday released Smith with two years and $26 million left on his contract, unable to find a trade partner and unwilling to move forward with him on the roster.


Smith will likely sign a deal with the Rockets for the biannual exception of $2 million once he clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday. His agents, Brian Dyke and Wallace Prather, informed the Rockets of the decision on Wednesday afternoon, sources said.


The Rockets believe Smith can step into the starting power forward spot.