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Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by Aruba77, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Aruba77

    Aruba77 Contributing Member

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    Rockets mentioned:

    Josh Smith has spent his entire nine-year career in Atlanta. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

    3. Which general manager should be pursuing Smith most actively before the Feb. 21 trade deadline?

    Ben Golliver: The default answer to this question, almost regardless of which player we’re talking about, seems to be Rockets GM Daryl Morey. A starting five of Jeremy Lin, Harden, Chandler Parsons, Josh Smith and Omer Asik would be, for lack of a more precise and erudite phrase, pretty sick. Putting Smith on the league’s fastest-paced team could very well be electrifying enough to bring the Free Darko blog out of retirement. (We miss you!) Houston has been stockpiling random minor assets throughout Morey’s tenure, cashing in some of them to land Harden from the Thunder in October. Repeating that strategy here would create a nice star pairing in Harden and Smith while maintaining enough talent to have a legitimate chance at a playoff push next season.

    Bonus: If anyone could finally sell Smith on the importance of shot selection, it would be the Rockets’ stat-obsessed brain trust, right? Morey’s golden ticket to Executive of the Year is getting Smith to stop launching any shot outside of 15 feet. I digress. Anyway, this could be a solid momentum move for Houston. Acquiring Smith could also take the Rockets one step closer to becoming a destination for older vets looking to catch on with a team going somewhere.

    Btw: can someone please edit the thread title? I made a mistake and can't seem to change it.

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