On Monday, the Detroit Pistons shocked the NBA by waiving forward Josh Smith. The move came as a result of Smith's disastrous tenure in Detroit, particularly with regards to his three-point shooting, and, well, really anything involving shooting. In his one full season with the team, Smith shot 41.9 from the field. 28 games in the 2014-15 season, Smith was shooting 39.1 percent. Yikes.
However, now that Smith is available on the market for cheap, teams are starting to move in on the 29-year-old veteran. Of note, the Houston Rockets appear to be the front-runner to land Smith's services. Per Sam Amick of USA TODAY:
Josh Smith won't clear waivers until 5 pm ET tomorrow, but Rockets still very confident he'll come their way. Next game Friday v. Memphis.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 23, 2014
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders concurs:
Virtually every team in the league checked in on Josh to understand whats going on -- Houston still seen as the front runner.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) December 23, 2014
Smith will clear the league's waiver process today at 5 p.m.; from there, he's free to make a decision about where he will play for the remainder of the season. Could Dwight Howard and James Harden be receiving an early Christmas present this year?
[via Pro Basketball Talk]
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