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Josh Smith SF
Height/Weight: 6-9/225 | Birthdate: 12/5/1985 | Birthplace: College Park, GA | Team: Los Angeles Clippers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 98/76 | Average Draft Position: 48.18
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Report: Josh Smith to sign with the Clippers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) Free-agent forward Josh Smith has decided to sign with the Clippers, multiple outlets are reporting.

Smith averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Pistons and Rockets last season.


Report: Kings eyeing free agents Josh Smith, Lou Williams


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Having struck out on guard Wesley Matthews and with money to spend after a salary dump, the Kings are now setting their sights on forward Josh Smith and guard Lou Williams in free agency, league sources have told SI.com.

Smith has already bounced from Atlanta to Detroit to Houston since 2013 and his production has waned. He averaged only 12.4 points a game last season, his lowest output in nine years, and shot just 41.9 percent from the floor.

Williams continued to display his offensive explosiveness in 2014-15. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award by averaging 15.5 points in just 25 minutes per game.


Rockets to start forward Josh Smith in Game 6


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Rockets coach Kevin McHale confirmed forward Josh Smith will start in Thursday's Game 6 matchup against the Clippers, the team announced.

Smith also started in Game 5, with forward Terrence Jones moving to the bench. Smith scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, while Jones finished with 12 points while making 5-of-8 shots.

The Rockets are trailing 3-2 in the series and are 8 1/2-point underdogs on the road against the Clippers.


Rockets forward Josh Smith scores 23 points in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith scored 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, in Houston's 121-109 loss to the Mavericks Sunday.

It was Smith's first 20-plus point playoff game since 2013 when he scored 29. Smith, who also went 3 of 6 from the free throw line, added six rebounds and three assists to his totals.

He and the Rockets will look to close out Dallas in Game 5 Tuesday.


F Josh Smith leads Rockets with 20 points in defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/10/2015) Forward Josh Smith scored 20 points but the Rockets couldn't get past the Spurs on Friday, losing 104-103.

Twelve of Smith's 20 points came from the free throw line (12 for 26).

Rockets' Howard, Brewer, Smith probable for Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Rockets have listed center Dwight Howard, guard Corey Brewer and forward Josh Smith probable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, according to FOX 26

Howard returned to the hardwood in Wednesday's win over the Pelicans after dealing with a knee injury. Brewer (oblique strain) and Smith (ankle) played against the Pelicans as well. 


Rockets list Josh Smith, Corey brewer as probable Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Rockets forwards Josh Smith (ankle) and Corey Brewer (oblique strain) are considered probable for Wednesday's game at New Orleans, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Smith was considered questionable for Monday's contest with an ankle sprain, but he was able to play and score 18 points.


Rockets F Josh Smith (ankle) will play vs. Pacers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith will play Monday night against the Pacers, according to the Houston Chronicle

Smith popped up on the injury report with a sprained ankle. He was listed as questionable heading into Monday's game but was able to attend a shootaround earlier in the afternoon. Smith is averaging 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. 


Rockets F Josh Smith (ankle) joins long injury list


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/23/2015) Josh Smith is the latest Rockets player to join a crowded injury list, as he is questionable for Monday's game against the Pacers with a sprained ankle, according to the team's injury report. However, Smith went through shootaround and said he plans to try and play. 

Smith joins Patrick Beverley (elbow bursitis) and Trevor Ariza (illness) on the questionable list, while Jason Terry (hamstring) is probable. Dwight Howard remains doubtful with a knee injury. 

The Rockets are 1-point underdogs against the Pacers.


Rockets' Josh Smith doubles up on the Clippers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Clippers. 

Smith shot 8-17 from the field, including 2-7 from beyond the arc. He sunk three of his five free throws, finishing with 21 points. He was active on the boards, picking up 13 rebounds. Smith was able to spread his rebounds evenly between the offensive and defensive end of the court. Smith also added four assists, two blocks and one steal during the contest.


Rockets forward Josh Smith nears triple-double in win Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith scored 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, in Houston's 117-111 win over the Bucks Friday. 

Smith also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists in the contest. It was Smith's ninth double-double of the season and second since joining the Rockets. 

"Josh is one of the guys you can throw the ball to in the middle when they're double-teaming, and he just makes plays," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said.

He was two assists short of his first triple-double since the 2010-2011 season.

"I was just trying to be available for the pocket pass, knowing that they were going to double-team James," Smith said.


Rockets SF Josh Smith doubles up vs. Celtics


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Rockets small forward Josh Smith scored 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting while hauling in 10 rebounds in his team's 93-87 win over the Celtics Friday.

The double-double was Smith's first since coming to Houston and his seventh of the season. He also managed to tally three assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes off the bench. The Rockets will look for a fifth straight win Saturday against the Pistons.


Rockets SF Josh Smith scores team-high 18 vs. Mavericks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) Rockets small forward Josh Smith scored a team-high 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including 4 of 5 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 99-94 win over the Mavericks Wednesday.

Posting his best scoring performance since Jan. 5, Smith made a season-high four three-pointers after entering the game with just a 23.3 percent success rate (17-for-73) from behind the arc. ''I'm starting to find my way," Smith said after the game, per the Associated Press, "starting to find spacing and other avenues to be productive and efficient."

Smith also tallied six rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes Wednesday. The Rockets take a three-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Celtics.


Rockets' Josh Smith gets ejected in third quarter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Rockets forward Josh Smith was ejected in the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

Smith received consecutive technicals, and was kicked out of the game. He played 14 minutes, scoring five points. 


Rockets' McHale: Josh Smith finding comfort zone with second unit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters he's still trying to make forward Josh Smith comfortable with his new role, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Pistons waived Smith on Dec. 22 before he signed with the Rockets before Christmas Day.

Smith started four of his first five games in Houston, averaging 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 29.0 percent from the field while in the starting lineup. He has come off the bench over his last four games, averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 boards and 1.8 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from the field over that span.

"The biggest thing is about getting him comfortable," McHale said prior to Thursday's win over the Knicks. "You can’t play basketball when you're thinking and funky. He has to get where he's comfortable. He felt more comfortable with that second team.

"I didn't know Josh. Really, honestly, he’s been great. I've really enjoyed him. He has a high basketball IQ, talking to him. He's done everything I've asked him to do. I've sat him down and said, 'Okay, are you more comfortable coming off the bench? Are you more comfortable starting? Where are you at, because this is about you being comfortable, not me being comfortable?' I just sit … over on that bench. I don’t have to be comfortable."


F Josh Smith ready to roll with Rockets on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) What was expected is now official - the Rockets have signed forward Josh Smith. He will be in uniform Friday night against fellow Western Conference power Memphis.

Smith has gone from the NBA outhouse to at least near the penthouse. He was dispatched by the lowly Pistons for underachieving and that team's commitment to a youth movement. But he is still averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists per game this season.


Report: Josh Smith hopeful of playing Friday for Rockets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Forward Josh Smith is hopeful he can sign with the Rockets on Friday in time to suit up for the game against Memphis, per Yahoo Sports.

The Pistons raised many an eyebrow by cutting Smith earlier in the week.


Report: Rockets looking to clear roster spot for Smith via trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Rockets are shopping players from the bottom third of their roster Wednesday to clear a spot for small forward Josh Smith, ESPN reports.

Smith committed to joining the Rockets early Wednesday and passed through waivers later in the day, but now the team needs to make some room on the roster to bring him in. The candidates to move include Clint Capela, Isaiah Canaan, Tarik Black, Nick Johnson and Joey Dorsey.

Smith is expected to join the starting lineup once he's ready to roll. He averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28 game with the Pistons.


Josh Smith excited to reunite with Dwight Howard on Rockets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Small forward Josh Smith is excited to be joining the Rockets and to reunite with good friend Dwight Howard, FOX26 in Houston reports.

"It's an exciting time for me," Smith told FOX26 Sports. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special. Playing beside the best two-guard in the game right now in James Harden, what more can you ask for."

Smith and Howard played on the same AAU team in Atlanta.

"I think I can add to their toughness," Smith said. "I think I can add to their versatility at the four position, being able to pass the basketball and score the ball down low. Just add another basketball IQ, which will help when we make it to the postseason."

Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28 game with the Pistons before being waived Monday.


Report: Josh Smith commits to sign with Rockets


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/24/2014) Forward Josh Smith, stunningly waived by the Pistons on Monday, has committed to sign with the Rockets when he clears waivers at 5 p.m ET, reports Yahoo Sports. An earlier report indicated Houston promised Smith he'd be a starter.

Smith averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for Detroit while shooting a career-low 39.1 percent in 28 games. The Rockets were among several teams reportedly interested in landing Smith.


Report: Rockets assure Josh Smith he'd be a starter


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/24/2014) The Rockets are assuring former Pistons forward Josh Smith he'd be a starter if he signs with Houston, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Detroit waived Smith on Monday and he's expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, freeing him to sign with any team.

Houston, Miami, Dallas, Sacramento and the Clippers all are reportedly interested in landing Smith, who was shooting a career-low 39.1 percent while averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 blocks.


Heat officially declare Josh McRoberts out for the season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) After undergoing successful knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Heat announced forward Josh McRoberts is out for the remainder of the season.

The Heat signed McRoberts in the offseason to be the starting power forward, but he was only able to make four starts for the Heat this season.

To lessen the loss of McRoberts, the Heat applied for a $2.65 million disabled-player salary-cap exception, reports the Sun Sentinel. If the Heat are awarded the exception, they are expected to use it to potentially lure Josh Smith to Miami.


Fantasy owners shouldn't cut Josh Smith just yet


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Pistons' may have decided to cut ties with Josh Smith Monday, but that doesn't mean Fantasy owners should necessarily run from him. At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, I detailed exactly why hanging on to him is the best course of action at this point:

"Smith is one player whose Fantasy value might be helped by a lower scoring volume. He's just not a good enough scorer to justify taking the number of shots he does, and he actively hurts your team with every shot he takes. Given the teams rumored to be interested in Smith -- Miami, Houston, Dallas, Sacramento -- he will likely slide into a role more fitting of his offensive abilities. At 8-10 shots per game, Smith starts looking like a much valuable Fantasy option."

If Smith can land somewhere he can get 30-ish minutes with less of an emphasis on scoring, his Fantasy value might actually improve. The Rockets look like the leader to land him at this point, which might not necessarily be the best spot, but he would still likely do enough to justify a spot on your roster. Remain patient while his free agency plays out. 


Report: Rockets appear to be leader for Josh Smith


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Sources indicated the Houston Rockets are the front-runners to land forward Josh Smith, reports Yahoo Sports.

Smith was waived by the Pistons on Monday and is expected to clear waivers on Wendesday. If he clears waivers, Smith would be free to sign with any team.

The Rockets tried to lure Smith to the team when he was a free agent in 2013. Smith is also reportedly good friends with Rockets center Dwight Howard.

In addition to the Rockets, the Heat, Mavericks, Kings and Clippers have expressed interest in signing Smith.


Pistons waive forward Josh Smith


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) The Pistons announced they have waived forward Josh Smith on Monday.

"Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction," coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person."

The Pistons signed Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract in 2013 and Smith is due $14 million each of the next two seasons. To minimize the financial impact of Smith's release, the Pistons are expected to use the stretch provision which allows teams to stretch out contracts more than $25 million over twice the amount of years in the contract, plus one year, reports the Oakland Press.

Smith has struggled to fit into Van Gundy’s system. In 28 games, Smith is averaging 13.1 points while shooting a career-low 39.1 percent from the floor. 

With Smith's departure, forward Greg Monroe is expected to see an increase in minutes. Monroe is averaging 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds over 29.0 minutes.