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Report: Josh Smith agrees to four year, $56 million deal with Pistons

Jul 6, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

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Apparently the slow building process with one of the better young front lines in the NBA wasn’t g0ing fast enough for the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons have reached out for the biggest name free agent left on the board and have agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with Josh Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. It’s not a surprise, the Pistons were in early with a hard push to get Smith, and that is the large contract he wanted. Atlanta never really made any effort to bring Smith back.

Smith, 27, averaged an impressive  17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals a game last season. Yet with Detroit this is an odd fit.

Smith is best suited at the four — he shot 72 percent in the restricted area last season and a weak 31 percent everywhere else — but the Pistons already have a promising front line of Greg Monroe at the four and Andre Drummond at the five. This means either Monroe comes off the bench or, more likely, Smith will play the three. Except that will just destroy the team spacing because no team needs to respect Smith or Monroe or Drummond outside five feet. This gives Smith more of a green light to take midrange jumpers and threes that he just does not hit enough of.

However, this should make the Pistons a better defensive and rebounding team — that is a big front line that will protect the paint. Smith is also fantastic on offense in transition if the Pistons decide to run (they were bottom 10 in the league in pace last season).

This move has Joe Dumars written all over it. The Pistons got more talented, but the fit and high cost make this a questionable move.

  1. deepfreezerob - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Salary not salty lol

  2. deiong - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    well surprised he didn’t go on a team with a better chance of winning… as all athletes do these days…. guess cant ay that about him, must be about the money, cause anything else the move is a bigger downgrade then a upgrade. guess the rockets were not be able to pull off that trade and sign..

  3. mblue24 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Great Move JD. Keep up the good work. Bring Rondo to the big D. Go Pistons!!!

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      That would be the worst shooting team on planet Earth! But the D would be crackin’!

  4. dezglobal - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    The fact is this is Joe D’s final year in his current contract. He NEEDED this signing and one more move.. If this team dsnt make the playoffs and win at least one series, Joe D won’t be firing another coach.. He’ll be the one fired.

  5. acdc84 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I don’t understand why rebuilding teams like Detroit sign high priced stars like Smith. Smith is a great (though not superb) player that might get the Pistons a 7th or 8th seed. So what? There’s nothing worse in sports than being an average team, that might make the playoffs but won’t get past the first round. If you’re not a true contender, save money and put ur team in a spot to secure a significant player via the draft.

    • joerymi - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Trades are far from out of the question. And I actually like what the Pistons are doing here. Nice core they have going. I am expecting Drummond to be a beast. Monroe is a nice piece. Knight has a lot to prove, but I am not closing the book on him yet.

      Did they overpay for Smith? Of course. But lets be real, Detroit isn’t exactly a hot bed for free agency.

  6. hatesycophants - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Joe Dumars has 3 more Championship rings than you, 1 as an exec.

    We still trust him.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      I don’t, haven’t in a long time

  7. bobulated - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    The Hawks finally have revenge for the Piston’s offer sheet to Jon Koncak.

  8. bigwii - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    I think the Pistons are having a great offseason. KCP is a great shooter, Tony Mitchell has a lot of upside especially off the bench as an energy guy, and Siva should be a descent backup pg.

    The only problem is with the floor spacing. Can KCP, Knight, and Stucky make up for the inconsistent shooting of Smith. Monroe is a descent shooter for a big but it’s still a question mark.

    Either way this team will be very versatile and deadly on the fastbreak with all that speed and athleticism. They will be a top defensive team too. I’m not even a Pistons fan but they have a lot to look forward to now and that’s good.

    However I am a Celtics fan and of they want to even have a shot at Rondo they better offer up something nice, and I doubt Ainge will think about it until the deadline when teams get desperate to get the max for him. So I don’t know about that one we’ll see. But Monroe, Knight, and a first would have to be in there from what I’ve heard. Might pay off big for both teams, though

    • lks311 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      If that’s the price of admission in the Rondo sweepstakes, I think I would pass.

  9. jtmartinez34 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    The Pistons fell apart when personnel guy, John Hammond, left for the Bucks job. Joe D. had a blueprint, that Hammond could execute on. They would sit side by side at every game. Once Hammond left, questionable decisions and outright flops ensued. There is no clear strategy or foundation in place and even the coaching decision appears to be transitionary again. Loved Joe, but he needs to go. With the family ownership long gone and no legacy ties, let’s move on.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM


  10. realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    When is Joe Dumars going to get fired. That championship season was a loooooong time ago now. He just added another bad contract to the roster.

  11. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Well no more bottomless popcorn and pop lol, tickets goin up too lol

  12. topauthority - Jul 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    can’t wait to hear the huge ‘Nooooooo!’ from the crowd at palace of auburn hills when j-not-so-smoove pulls up for those many ill-advised 3 pointers the way the crowd yelled it at philips arena.

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