It’s rare for a trade in late January not to be the major news of that particular day. The Rockets’ acquisition of Josh Smith in a trade with the Clippers on Friday, however, was overshadowed by David Blatt‘s firing. At 30 years old, Smith was experiencing the worst season of his career this year with the Clippers, but judging from his play Sunday, he already looks to be more inspired. Check out this Vine from the Rockets’ Twitter account, for example. Smith checked out of Sunday’s game to a standing ovation.
At an underwhelming 23-22 entering action Sunday, the Rockets have the talent to turn things around. Adding Smith, who averaged 12 points per game last season in Houston, should theoretically expedite that process. But by how much? Do the Rockets, who have played better of late, have deeper problems? Or will a familiar face provide the lift needed for a deep playoff run? At the very least, the move likely means the Rockets are seeking to upgrade this year’s team.
That leads us to today’s shootaround topic: How much will Smith help the Rockets?
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