Smith scored a season-high 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt) with four rebounds and two steals during 21 minutes in Tuesday's 115-102 win against the Heat. Smith made the most of his start by outplaying Terrence Jones despite Jones receiving more minutes (29). He's shown signs of life with all the injuries to Houston's frontcourt and is likely worth a flyer in deeper leagues, but expect a short shelf life.
Smith will draw the start at center for Tuesday's game against the Heat, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Dwight Howard (suspension), Clint Capela (hip) and Donatas Motiejunas (back) are all sitting out, which gives Smith the chance to move into the starting lineup at center. Smith is expected to split the minutes at center with Terrence Jones, but considering the number of injuries in the frontcourt, both will likely see a bump in their normal allotment of minutes.
Smith scored a season-high 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-2 FT, 2-6 3Pt) to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench Sunday versus the Mavericks. Smith has played in two games since returning to Houston, and while his abysmal 29 percent shooting leaves plenty to be desired, he has chipped with averages of four rebounds, four assists, two steals and 2.5 blocks. The veteran is long past his days of being a fantasy star, and while he is unlikely to score consistently, he has demonstrated that he is still capable of contributing across the board when given regular playing time. He figures to continue seeing just over 20 minutes per night as a reserve for the Rockets.
Smith is not expected to play Friday, but could be available as early as Sunday's game against the Mavericks, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports. Smith was traded from the Clippers to the Rockets early Friday morning, but won't be available to play for the Rockets in Friday night's game against the Bucks. At the earliest, Smith could be available to play on Sunday, although it's seems likely that his best chance to make his 2015-16 debut with the Rockets will be Monday versus the Pelicans.
Smith has been traded to the Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to foreign players, as well as cash, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com reports. The 11-year veteran out of Oak Hill Academy will be traded to the Rockets, a team that he most recently played 55 games for during the 2014-15 season. Smith was buried on the depth chart in Los Angeles and had struggled to receive meaningful playing time, so the Clippers felt comfortable dealing the forward in order to save close to $2 million in luxury taxes. There's a chance he's able to re-establish some value in the move to Houston, although he'll still likely begin his time with the Rockets backing up the likes of Clint Capela and Terrence Jones in the frontcourt. Donatas Motiejunas has been dealing with a back injury as well and is without a timetable for return, so Smith offers another body to throw into the mix.
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