Coming into the NBA at age 19, Josh Smith has always been described as a player with a ton of raw talent and miles of potential. However, maturity issues have haunted Smith for a bulk of his career and now the unrestricted free agent is experiencing the open market for the first time this summer.
While the power forward market is somewhat deep, Smith brings an athletic dynamic that guys like Paul Millsap simply don’t. In addition, the ex-Atlanta Hawks swingman has the ability to play both the small and power forward positions. Teams like the Boston Celtics have shown interest, but a superstar like Smith likely doesn’t want to play for a team that is in the midst of a rebuild.
Power forwards with skills similar to that of Smith usually make quite a bit of cash on the free agent market, which rules out possible suitors like the Golden State Warriors — Stephen Curry‘s squad doesn’t have enough cap space to make it work without pulling off a blockbuster trade first.
After playing AAU basketball with Smith, Dwight Howard has always talked about eventually suiting up with his childhood friend, but the opportunity has just never presented itself until now. The Rockets could possibly make a play at both unrestricted free agents which would make for a rather lethal frontcourt. Houston also has this guy named James Harden on its roster — maybe you’ve heard of him?