Rockets' Greg Smith could be back with the team on Sunday

Smith could be back in the fold for Houston on Sunday. (USATSI)
Greg Smith could be back in the fold for Houston on Sunday. (USATSI)

The Houston Rockets have been reportedly working on trading away Omer Asik to free themselves of a starting level center that wants to play as much as his teammate Dwight Howard. By moving Asik, they'll undoubtedly acquire a good asset in return, but they could leave themselves with a bit of a void at the backup center position if they do.

Backup big man Greg Smtih had a bit of a breakout season for the Rockets in limited time last season. He's only played in four games this season because of a sprained knee that's kept him out for a couple weeks but he believes he'll be back playing with the Rockets on Sunday when they play in Sacramento. 

Smith started 10 of the 70 games he played in last season and provided a great presence for scoring inside and hitting the boards. He averaged 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 15.9 minutes of play last season. He also made 62.0 percent of his field goals. He showed a great ability to catch just about anything with his massive hands and finish around the rim.

The Rockets currently have plenty of depth and they like to play small anyway. But knowing they have a big man that can be trusted inside and could even play next to Howard at times could be enough insurance for the Rockets to feel good about whatever the market is for Asik right now. If they're grabbing a stretch-4 or another wing in exchange for the backup center, they should feel confident they still have plenty of size. 

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Zach Harper likes basketball. Some would even say he loves it. He's also an enthusiast for everything Ricky Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Nic Cage, and has seen the movie Gigli almost three times. He's been... Full Bio

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