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Rockets trade to bring Josh Smith back to Houston

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Smoove returns!!

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Josh Smith is heading back to Houston, per a Woj-bomb dropped just earlier this morning.

In return, the Rockets will send the draft rights to power forward Maarty Leunen , who currently plays in Europe in the Italian league.

The Rockets also sent the rights to center Serihy Lischuk, currently of the Spanish League.

Updating a report earlier that had this move affecting the Rockets' cap, the Clippers have actually agreed to pay the balance of Smith's salary.

The move may also signal that either the team expects Donatas Motiejunas to be out for a while, or are planning on moving Terrence Jones. Possibly both. According to Jonathan Feigen:

For his part, Smith sounds happy to be back in Houston.

More to come on the story.