NBA Free Agency: First Howard, then Smith?

By Phillip Pyle

Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the news of the Houston Rockets putting Omer Asik, and Jeremy Lin on the trading block, it opens a whole can of possibilities. Of course the main target is Dwight Howard. Early Monday morning the Rockets Super Team (James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Kevin McHale, Daryl Morey, Leslie Alexander, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and Yao Ming on Skype)  met with Howard and talked about the pluses of Howard joining the team. According to sources Howard would have input on personal. This brings me back to Lin, and Asik being put on the trading block. Dwight Howards childhood friend, Josh Smith is a free agent, and the Rockets Do Not have a power forward.

I adore Asik, and how he played last season. It has been years since the Rockets had a “dependable” center, that rebounded nearly every miss. The thought of Howard, and Asik starting together, would be definitely a major step toward Larry O’ Brien. But think of the Rockets chances, if the Rockets get All-Star friends to play on the same team. It has worked pretty well, for the Miami Heat.

Today the Rockets traded Thomas Robinson in principle to the Portland Trail Blazers, for two foreign bigs, and two second round draft picks. The Rockets had been looking to move Robinson before the draft, in order to free up more cap room. The more money the merrier and if the impossible happens, and the Rockets do get Dwight Howard to sign on the dotted line, why stop there.