Greg Smith Signs with Rockets

February 8, 2012

MCALLEN, TEXAS – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed center/forward Greg Smith from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. It marks the first GATORADE Call-Up of Smith’s career, as well as the 21st overall in the D-League this season. Earlier today, Smith was selected as a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, but must be on an active NBA D-League roster to play in the game. The Rockets waived forward Jeff Adrien to make room on the roster.

Smith (6-10, 250, Fresno State) returns to Houston where he appeared in two preseason games, averaging 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds, before being waived on Dec. 22, 2011.

Announced as a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star this afternoon, Smith has appeared in 18 games for the Vipers this season, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in 28.3 minutes. He recorded seven double-doubles, including a season-high 28 points to go with 13 rebounds in a 125-120 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Jan. 17.

Smith is expected to join the Rockets today and be available tonight when the team travels to play the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.p>