Skip to main content
Main content
NBA news

Howard, Smith remained intertwined in free agency

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Jul 3, 2013 6:18 AM

As Dwight Howard hunkers down to make his decision about where to play, other dominoes that will fall depending on his choice lay in suspension — chiefly, Hawks free agent forward Josh Smith.

Howard completed his meetings with the Mavericks and Lakers Tuesday, the fourth and fifth teams he was scheduled to see before deciding where he will play next season.

Bryant, according to a source, pointed out that while the Rockets brought Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon with them to their meeting with Howard Sunday night, and that Yao Ming made a pitch on Houston's behalf via Skype, "there wasn't a room big enough" to hold all of the great players who had worn the Lakers' uniform.

Meanwhile, Smith also finished his meetings with his perspective suitors — most of whom are the same teams that are going after Howard. The Pistons have made a strong impression on Smith, according to a source, but he is still open to several other teams -- including Houston and Atlanta. He is less interested in the Sacramento Kings, who made their own move Tuesday night toward securing a forward by making a four-year, $56 million offer to Denver All-Star Andre Iguodala.

Iguodala is contemplating the Kings' offer after having, according to a source, "great meetings" with the Hawks, Rockets, Warriors and Pistons.

The Rockets want both Howard and Smith, who played together in Atlanta for the AAU Atlanta Celtics and have remained friends. However, Smith will not necessarily wait for Howard's decision before he makes up his own mind.

photoGameTime: FIBA World Cup Preview
Kristen Ledlow, LaChina Robinson, and Dennis Scott analyze the teams playing in the FIBA World Cup and take a look at how Team USA will fare in Spain.
photoGameTime: Splitter's Championship Trophy Tour
Watch as Tiago Splitter continues the Spurs' Championship tour, takings the Larry O'Brien home to his native country of Brazil.
photoGameTime: Coach K, Rose On Finland
Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Derrick Rose speak as they prepare for Finland in the FIBA World Cup.
photoGameTime: New Coaches
Kristen Ledlow, LaChina Robinson, and Dennis Scott take a look at the new coaches with different teams around the league and give their take.
photoGameTime: WNBA ROY Chiney Ogwumike
Kristen Ledlow, LaChina Robinson, and Dennis Scott analyze the WNBA's Rookie of The Year Chiney Ogwumike and look as some other notable rookies.