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.

photoMichael Cooper News
Jared Greenberg reports on the latest news surrounding Michael Cooper and his health.
photoOn The Phone: Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing calls GameTime to talk about the Hornets and their Summer League team and how it will help them during the regular season.
photoDonald Sterling News
Jared Greenberg reports on the latest news around the Donald Sterling court case.
photoLatest Love News
Jared Greenberg and Steve Smith talk about the latest news involving Kevin Love.
photoOn The Road With Chocolate Thunder, Episode 3: On A Horse
NBA Nation Ambassador Darryl Dawkins takes you On The Road With Chocolate Thunder in Sacramento as part of NBA Nation presented by Sprint!