While the acquisition of Smith hinges on whether Howard's addition will be a straight signing or a sign-and-trade with the Lakers, Houston is already in the process of figuring out how to get both stars under contract, according to multiple reports.
CBS Sports' Ken Berger speculates Houston could ship center Omer Asik to the Hawks for Smith as part of a sign-and-trade should Howard agree to the Rockets' contract terms outright. The idea of pairing childhood friends and former AAU teammates Howard and Smith has long been the plan for the Rockets.
The 27-year-old Smith is considered among the best players to never be selected to the All-Star Game. Smith averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season and has spent his entire career up to this point as a member of the Hawks.