Houston Still In The Mix For Josh Smith
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Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Houston Rockets are still trying to make a trade for Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. However, Smith is set to become an unrestricted free agent and the Rockets are in a position where they would be able to sign him; that makes them hesitant to give up too many assets. Wojnarowski stated that the Hawks are looking at Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik as the centerpieces in a Smith deal, but that asking price is too high for Houston.
The Hawks’ backs are up against the wall a bit. If they don’t trade Smith by 3 p.m. EST today, they risk losing him for nothing as a free agent this summer. It appears that their preference is to send him to the West Coast, but if they keep him in the East look for Milwaukee to be the frontrunner. They want to add Smith to Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, but could give up Ellis if that’s ultimately the only way they can acquire him.