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It’s Official: Rockets Sign Josh Smith

By Tamberlyn Richardson

Although we’ve known the news for days, Houston made it formal this afternoon when they posted a press release in essence saying It’s Official – Rockets Sign Josh Smith. For the full press release click the link below:

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Free Agent Josh Smith Joins Houston Rockets

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 26, 2014

Further, it’s anticipated he’ll be in the line-up this evening in the game versus the Memphis Grizzlies and a welcome addition in terms of dealing with Memphis’ big front court of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.

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The deal to bring Smith to Houston is a one-year $2-million deal created via the use of their bi-annual player exception that reunites him with his high school teammate Dwight Howard who played with Smith on the Atlanta Celtics in AAU.

Earlier today it was announced rookie Tarik Black had been waived to clear the roster spot for Smith.

Moving forward this adds much needed depth to the Rockets bench who now will boast Donatas Motiejunas as the first big off the bench and when Terrence Jones returns from injury it provides arguably the best depth in the front court of any team in the Association.

This morning Josh Smith was with the team partaking in shoot-around and logically running through schemes with coach Kevin McHale.

McHale looking over newest Rocket Josh Smith after shoot around. McHale confirms Smith will play tonight in Memphis. — Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 26, 2014