Jan 10, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Mike Scott (32) and Houston Rockets power forward Greg Smith (4) lose the ball out of bounds while fighting for a rebound during the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets PF/C Greg Smith Out Indefintely

Late last week Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) tweeted that Greg Smith will be having arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee.

Tough news for Smith who had been trying to recover from knee issues since November. Though some are reporting that Smith is out for the season, Jonathan Feigen and the Rockets have yet to confirm how long he will have to sit.

Though it’s possible he returns in time for the playoffs, I don’t expect to see Smith again this season.

The 23-year old undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, Smith was able to play in just 11 games this season. Smith averaged 9:07 minutes a game, scoring 3.5 ppg, grabbing 2.5 rpg, while shooting a career-best 64.3% from the field.

Entering the season, Smith was expected to be a key role player for the Rockets. Pre-Terrence Jones explosion, Smith was going to see plenty of minutes either starting or coming off the bench at power forward. With Omer Asik injured as well for much of the season so-far, Smith would have seen plenty of playing time as Dwight Howard‘s backup.

Unfortunately for Smith and the Rockets, Smith was never able to recover 100% from his sprained right knee earlier this season. He tried to come back several times, even being cleared by team doctors at one point. With Omer Asik healthy and still on the team, and the Rockets getting solid production at the four between Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, and Omri Casspi at times, the Rockets and Smith decided to shut him down and take the surgery route.

What the Rockets will do next with Smith will be interesting. The 15-man roster is currently full and the Rockets could use some extra depth at PF/C once playoff time comes around. Smith is an unrestricted free agent next season and the Rockets could simply release him if they choose to sign another big man.

Marcus Camby has recently said he’d like to join a team and Houston is #1 on his list. Would a reunion make sense? I’d say so.

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