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Report: Pistons ready to make Josh Smith a big offer

Jul 1, 2013, 12:49 AM EDT

Josh Smith, Andre Drummond

Joe Dumars has shown he’ll strike quickly to get the players he wants, price be darned. Sometimes, that means getting Chauncey Billups. Other times, the result is Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Dumars appears to be going full speed ahead to get his man again.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars met with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. ET with a plan to make the free agent forward a substantial four-year offer, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Along with re-signing point guard Jose Calderon, Smith is the Pistons’ top priority on the market, league sources told Y! Sports.

The Pistons planned to make a preemptive strike on Smith, understanding that he’s a secondary priority for several teams awaiting the resolution of the Dwight Howard derby, sources said.

Smith shot 72 percent in the restricted area, but just 31 percent everywhere else. If he signs with the Pistons, barring Detroit making another move, Smith would have to play plenty of small forward with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. That frontline would leave a lot of spacing to be desired in the half-court.

Can Smith make up for that in transition and on the defensive end, two  areas where he excels? Maybe. His transition chances might be hurt by the Pistons’ lack of a playmaking point guard, but the defensive benefits should more reliable.

Smith, without a doubt, would definitely upgrade the Pistons’ talent, and they badly need more talent. But like all free agents, it should come down to the cost.

Allowing Smith to slip away would make the Hawks even more desperate to sign Dwight Howard, but at this point, they seem ready to risk their future on the chance of Howard rather than settling for the middling playoff success they’ve experienced under Smith.

  1. casualcommenter - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    This makes no sense.

    They have two young bigs in Greg Monroe (PF/C) and Andre Drummond (C) who are still under their rookie deals and developing.

    Unless the plan is to trade either Monroe or Drummond, it makes no sense to break the bank to sign a power forward like Smith. Neither Monroe nor Drummond is a real threat from the perimeter, and Josh Smith doesn’t have the shooting range to be an effective small forward. As the article notes, Smith is a mediocre jump-shooter and a very bad 3-point shooter (he shot 25% on a high volume of 3-point attempts last season and averages 30% from beyond the arc for his career). Smith has to be in the paint to score even somewhat efficiently, but there won’t be any space for him with Drummond and Monroe on the court.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      To be clear: I do think Smith could be a very good fit on some teams, but not the Pistons.

      I’m a fan of the Monroe/Drummond combination, because the potential to be great is there, which is why I think the Pistons should be targeting players who complement them.

    • bobulated - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Speaking as Hawks fan, calling J-Smoove a mediocre jump shooter gives him too much credit. The most frustrating part of watching him play all these years is knowing how unstoppable he is as a slasher and what an offensive force he can be on the blocks or in the paint yet his inexplicable reluctance to be that player and settle for jumper after jumper from farther and farther out.
      Some nights he’s best player on the floor but many he’s the most frustrating, looking disinterested and distracted.
      Also the ATL fans and press are probably as minimally intense as any the league yet he has complained often about being treated and booed unfairly. I can’t imagine the passionate fans of Detroit taking it easy on him if he gets a massive deal and keeps up his old ways.

  2. bigwii - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Josh Smith can play the 3 just as good as the 4. They’d be better off with AI but still those 3 would be fun to watch.

    • eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Idk why you’re getting thumbs downed, you’re right that’s exactly what they’re going to do with him (play him at the 3).

  3. cflip376 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I know this is from a reliable source in Woj, but I am having a hard time believing this to be true. It makes no sense, is Smith even worth giving up either Monroe or Drummond?

  4. scalfor3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    I hope they do, merely because I DON’T want him (and the contract he’ll require) anywhere near the Celtics.

    • soflasfinest - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Well having Danny ainge as your GM doesn’t help you either.

  5. cluelessdufus - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Adding smith could put him in a worse position than he was in Atlanta. Because with the Drummond and Monroe development era they need decent minutes to develop and to get Smith his minutes they need him to play the 3 and he has great athleticism but isn’t fast or quick enough to keep up with other SF. So he would be in the same situation that Derrick Williams is in MN

  6. senorpapino - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    As a Pistons fan, this would be the final straw in the Dumars era…5 straight losing seasons and another horrendous free agent signing that puts the team in a hole for at least 2-3 more seasons. The genius moves of trading Stackhouse for Wallace, getting Chauncey, trading for Sheed, etc. seem like a lifetime ago.

  7. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    casualcommenter he is a small forward

  8. vikes1980 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Calderon, Knight, Smith, Drummond and Monroe… I like that lineup, plus they can rotate back and forth off the bench… not my favorite choice but it could be Alot worse

  9. aurelh23 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Out of all these comments I dont understand how ignorant people are!

    How is Josh Smith signing “giving up” on Drummond and Monroe?

    ANYBODY REALIZE he plays the SMALL FORWARD position? You know the one that isnt occupied by our POWER FORWARD Andre Drummond or CENTER Greg Monroe?

    That means he would be starting alongside Drummond and Monroe to for a nice starting lineup!

    TBA at PG/Knight/Smith/Drummond/Monroe

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Smith’s numbers at the three are not nearly as good as when he is at the four.

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