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Josh Smith drawing interest from Rockets, Sixers

Who might be targeting Josh Smith when free agency opens? The New York Post's Peter Vescey reports that at least two teams are interested in the longtime Atlanta forward.

Paul Abell

The NBA's free agent period is a little over a month away and there are at least two teams that are targeting Atlanta forward Josh Smith according to the New York Post's Peter Vescey.

According to Vescey, the Houston Rockets have Smith labeled as a back up plan should they fail to lure Dwight Howard from the Lakers. Popular wisdom around these parts had the Rockets pursuing both Howard and Smith but its going to be difficult for Houston to get that much salary relief.

The second part of the Vescey report also has the Philadelphia 76ers interested in Smith. If you remember they were in on him when he was a restricted free agent also before settling on Elton Brand whom they later used the amnesty provision on.

The thing with Smith comes down to the asking price. He has declared that he thinks of himself as a max player but didn't really say that was what he would ask for. In a recent interview, Larry Coon suggested that free agents like Smith could have a much harder time luring a big money deal out of teams this summer because of the ramifications of the new CBA.