The Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies all had been listed as potential suitors for Smith’s services. Wanting to play for a winning team with a chance to win the title, Josh Smith has decided to join the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard.
Houston is three games behind Golden State in the Western Conference standings and just a half-game behind Memphis for the 3-seed. As ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported late Tuesday, Houston assured Smith that he would start if he joined the Rockets, which essentially clinched his decision.
Sources said Wednesday that Smith made it known that he would only consider teams that would guarantee him a starting spot, which essentially made it a choice between Houston and Miami. Houston center Dwight Howard also could have played a factor in Smith’s decision. Howard, one of Smith’s closest friends, played AAU basketball with Smith in Atlanta.