It’s become evident that the Houston Rockets are one of the top suitors for free agent center Dwight Howard. However, he’s not the only high-profile player on Houston’s radar. The Rockets recently met with free agent forward Josh Smith and discussed the possibility of acquiring both him and Howard, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
To this point, Smith had been viewed as a target of the Rockets, but he was seen more as a backup plan to Howard. Now, it appears Houston is attempting to create another grouping of superstars similar to what the Heat have done in Miami.
As is the case in the salary-capped NBA, adding multiple superstars wouldn’t be easy. In order to do so, the Rockets would have to trade away players and contracts. It’s recently been reported that Houston has been discussing potential trades involving center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin. With a potential Howard acquisition and the presence of Patrick Beverley, both Lin and Asik could be considered expendable.