Could the Houston Rockets be looking to bring back a former player?
Free agent veteran forward Josh Smith recently worked out with Rockets players James Harden and Chris Paul, according to David Astramskas of Ballislife.com.
Smith, 31, signed a three-month, $1.5 million deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association last season and averaged 18.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 26 games.
Josh Smith back in Houston!?
Working out with Harden, Zhou Qi, CP3 & Tarik Black outside the Toyota center. pic.twitter.com/0yyqqZl9gb
— David Astramskas (@redapples) August 17, 2017
It’s unclear if the workout will lead to anything between Smith and Houston, who played for the Rockets during the 2014-2015 season and part of the 2015-2016 season, but with the team’s aggression in the offseason it is possible they could see Smith as a valuable bench addition.
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The Houston Rockets finally signed forward Carmelo Anthony, after a lengthy process that involved a trade, a buyout, tons of speculation, and some financial maneuvering, inking the veteran to a deal on Monday.
Many may recall that Anthony played for Rockets’ head coach Mike D’Antonio before, when the two were in New York with the Knicks, and that didn’t end well, with D’Antoni exiting amid rumors of a rift with Anthony.
D’Antoni is once again at the helm, but this time, he believes that things will be better because he thinks Anthony is a “better fit” for the Rockets than he was with the Knicks, and he doesn’t forsee any issues in coaching the All-Star.
“In New York, when [the Knicks] gave away half the team [to the Nuggets in the 2011 trade for Anthony] and everybody expected us to win a championship, it really wasn’t realistic,” D’Antoni said, according to USA Today Sports. “It put a lot of pressure on everybody, and it kind of burst the pipes.
“I think this is totally different. We’ve got a team that is a whole bunch of veterans that really, we’ve got one thing in mind, and that’s to win a championship, and we have the possibility.”
Despite the rumors of a rift, D’Antoni admitted that Anthony “never had a blow-up” in New York while also referencing coaching Anthony with USA Basketball.
“We never had a blow-up before, so it’s not he wanted to play a certain way and I kind of wanted to coach another way,” D’Antoni said. “Back then [in New York], there wasn’t even analytics. I was going by my gut, and he was going by [his] gut, and it’s just, you know — styles clash.
“And I think now, things have changed and everybody is playing the same way. I think it’s a lot better fit and I think we have a really good chance to be really good.”
Years later, a now 34-year olf Anthony will have a different role than he did, back then, with the Knicks when he had much more pressure, many more expectations, and a lot more pressure.
“The more talent you can have, the better the guys are, the better the team is going to be,” D’Antoni said. “Look at Golden State, how they had all those guys and you fit in [Kevin] Durant. I mean if you are committed to a certain style, and everybody is committed to the team, it works itself out.”
D’Antoni was mum on if Anthony would be a starter or come off the bench in Houston.
“I don’t know, and that’s something that we’ll have to work out,” he said. “All I know is that we’ll try different combos — preseason, early season, and the good thing is that with analytics and with gut feelings and coaches and players, we’ll figure out what is the best way to play.
“And again, if everybody is on board, then it’ll be, ‘Hey, this is where we’re the best. This is how we can win the championship.’ I don’t know yet, but we’ll make sure we get it right as good as we can.”
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