J-Smoove is heading West
Earlier this week, Josh Smith was waived by the Detroit Pistons, who are having a nightmarish season and seemed destined for the NBA Draft Lottery. They’ve only managed 5 wins at the regular season’s first tri-mester, and their potentially potent line-up of young talent, which includes Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, hasn’t panned out to produce much of anything in 2014. Josh Smith, the Pistons’ high-priced 2013 free agency pick-up, wasn’t living up to his $40 million price tag, and on Monday, the team announced they were parting ways with the former Atlanta Hawk.
Immediately, several teams, including the Kings, the Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets showed serious interest, but today several reliable sources are confirming that Smith has decided to join the Houston Rockets once he clears waivers at 5 pm today. Smith will be tossed into the intense battle that is the top half of the Western Conference standings, as the Rockets are expected to fight for home court advantage in the playoffs with the Spurs, Grizzlies, Warriors, Trailblazers, Mavericks–who picked up a nice little addition themselves last week in Rajon Rondo–and of course, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who appear to be unstoppable when both Durant and Westbrook are both in the starting lineup.
Josh Smith has committed to signing with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He clears waivers at 5 PM today.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 24, 2014