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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 19:01

Josh Smith agrees to sign with the Houston Rockets

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After being waived by the Detroit Pistons on Monday, Josh Smith has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets. There were several teams interested in Smith, including the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Clippers, among others.

Josh Smith has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets.  Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday after being let go by the Detroit Pistons Monday afternoon.  The Pistons had previously signed Smith to a four year, $54 million deal before the 2013-2014 season.

With the signing, Smith will join his former AAU teammate Dwight Howard in the Rockets' frontcourt as they push toward the playoffs.  Smith had previously said that he wanted a starting spot, and he would only consider teams who could provide that.  Sources say that this made it a choice between the Rockets and the Miami Heat.

Other teams who were reported to be interested in Smith's services were the Dallas Mavericks, the Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Pistons will have to eat most of the remainder of Smith's contract. Detroit owes Smith $13.5 million over the next two years. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Pistons will try to use the "stretch provision" on the final two years of the contract to lessen the salary cap blow.

The Rockets take the court again on Friday on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies.


Mike Alongi

Mike is the Patriots Content Manager for CLNS Radio. He oversees all coverage of the New England Patriots and hosts the daily Patriots Newsfeed podcast. He also works the switchboard on the CLNS Radio Patriots Post Game Show.

Mike currently works as a sports writer at The Daily Item, and he formerly served as the Sports Editor of The Observer, the award winning college newspaper of Northern Essex Community College. 

Prior to his work at CLNS, Mike was a contributor to the Lowell Sun, where he covered high school, college, and professional sports.

Mike earned his associate degree in Journalism in May 2015 from Northern Essex Community College. He is currently attending Salem State University and will graduate in December 2017 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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