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Report: ‘No legs’ to trade talks between Pistons and Kings involving Josh Smith

Jul 19, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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The small-market, historically-terrible Sacramento Kings can only realistically add talent to improve the roster in one of two ways.

They can either draft it (which hasn’t worked out all that well), or they can trade for players of questionable talent with unfavorable contract situations in hopes that they see a career resurgence with the Kings.

That last part did work out in Sacramento’s favor, when they dealt for Rudy Gay last season — an inefficient scorer who seemed to find his way with the Kings, and opted in for the final year of his contract (for $19.3 million) to play there for at least one more season.

Sacramento has had its eyes on a similar reclamation project in Josh Smith, but it appears as though the interest there in getting a deal done is one-sided for now.

From Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press (via Matt Watson at Detroit Bad Boys):

The Sacramento Kings made another run at Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith during this week’s league meetings in Las Vegas, but they were rebuffed again.

A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation confirmed ESPN’s Marc Stein’s report that the Kings were interested in Smith. Another source said Thursday morning that there are “no legs” to the report — suggesting that nothing was imminent. …

The Kings believed that the Pistons would get rid of Smith without seeking valuable assets in return, but the Pistons have been adamant that that’s not the case, and they are prepared to bring him back for his second season in Detroit.

Sacramento was looking to send nothing of value in return for Smith, which almost seems fair when considering he’s guaranteed $40.5 million over the next three seasons.

But there’s a new regime in Detroit with Stan Van Gundy acting as head coach and president of basketball operations, and he obviously wants to see if he can properly utilize Smith’s talents before shipping him out in exchange for nothing more than financial flexibility.

  1. cmart0907 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    There is a reason why Atlanta let is goof ball walk. Josh Smith have extreme taken paw a q1lot 1 Just don’t know how to use it. And Detroit to let him play at SF was absolutely crazy!!

    • The Buffer Zone - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      “Josh Smith have extreme taken paw a q1lot 1 Just don’t know how to use it.”

      I tried Google Translate, but I still don’t understand what the hell you’re saying.

  2. DonKellyBaby - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Josh Smith & Brandon Jennings are two of the worst basketball players in the entire league. Both are physically gifted and have talent; however, their basketball IQ and inability to be team players make their physical talent useless.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      can’t shoot either

  3. cruzan80 - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I typically don’t buy into the “untradeable contract” cliché but Josh Smith’s is about as close to one I’ve ever seen.

    3 more years @ $14 mil per.
    At 28 years of age, he’s not “old” but he isn’t “young” either.
    He’s one of those “tweeners” so it’s not exactly easy to plug him into most teams as it’s hard to figure out if he’s a SF or a PF.
    He just came off his worse statistical season since the 2009-2010 season.

    There’s is almost nothing about him that makes him attractive for another team to take him off the Pistons hands.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      However, the Kings want to trade for him if the Pistons are willing to accept nothing but expiring contracts in return..

      Most untradeable contract in the NBA is probably Eric Gordon. The Pelicans tried to shop him around last year but couldn’t find anyone to take him. Combo guard with repeated injury issues being paid a max contract.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Also, Deron Williams hasn’t looked like an elite player in a long time due to chronic ankle problems, and he’s also getting a max contract that pays him $22.3 million when he’s 33 years old, and he’s 30 years old right now.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        @casual

        Can’t agree with that.

        Eric Gordon’s contract has two years left on it vs 3 left on Smith’s. Also, the only red flag on Gordon is his health. At only 25 years of age, theres a very good possiblity that he can average 20+ ppg (which he’s done 2x before) for someone for at least another 5 seasons.

        Pointing the fact that the Kings are the one’s trying to trade for him only makes my point even more. When was the last time you heard someone say “man, that was a smart move by the Kings!”

        I agree to an extent about Williams but at least he was a prolific All-Star when offered that contract. At that time there use to be legit arguments for him being the best PG in the league. That contract only looks bad in hindsight.

        The two players contracts you mentioned can only be mentioned due to their recent injury issues. Smith has never been as good as that contract pays him…..& he’s healthy.

  4. sylpkt - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    This trade has about as much of a chance at happening as Josh Smith has making a 3 pointer from the right elbow (5.26%), but it will be talked about as many times as he attempted it last year (19).

  5. loubearkane - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    If Sacramento is willing to take him to try and get Rondo next season SVG you need to make the move now before they smarten up

  6. felser - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    For Detroit, this is all about Monroe. If they resign him, they’ll likely be much more amenable to shipping Smith out of town. If Monroe goes elsewhere, Smith has value to Detroit as their 4.

    • Damidwesterner - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      As soon as Monroe is locked up, then Smith will be gone. I don’t think even SVG can find a workable solution to Smith, Drummond, and Monroe.

  7. saint1997 - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    I think you could give up Stauskas for Smith

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