Josh Smith returns to Houston

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The NBA trade deadline is slowly approaching, and the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets have already started the trading process.

Josh Smith, who has jumped between the Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Rockets and Clippers over the past few years, was traded back to the Rockets.

Last offseason, the 30-year-old veteran signed with the Clippers for the veteran minimum ($1.5 million). This season, he has put up career lows in points per game (5.9), shooting percentage (38.3), and minutes played (14.3 per game).

In return for Smith, the Clippers are getting the draft rights to Maarty Leunen. Along with Smith, they are sending the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk and cash to cover Smith’s salary.

Even with Smith’s below-average performances his last few years, Houston seems anxious to get Smith back on the floor. The Houston Rockets’ general manager, Daryl Morey, took his excitement of the deal to twitter, where he said, “Welcome back Josh Smith! #bandbacktogether”.

Smith is also excited about going back to Houston, where he put up 12 points and 6 rebounds per game last season. “I’m excited. I feel great. It’s a place that I probably should have never left.”

Josh Smith spent 9 years in Atlanta with the Hawks, and in the 2012-13 season he had his best season with 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 35.3 minutes per game.

Smith has shown he is a quality player over the course of his career, and the Rockets are obviously very excited to get the veteran forward back on the court.

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