Mar 9, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) guards Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) during the first quarter at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith Signs Four-Year, $56 Million Deal With Detroit Pistons

Former Atlanta Hawks star Josh Smith has left the team for greener pastures. Smith was drawing interest from the Detroit Pistons early in the free agency period and he has finally agreed to a deal with the team despite some speculation that he could land elsewhere.

The reports surfaced on Saturday afternoon.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Detroit felt comfortable giving Smith the big money, but it was still a curious move in the eyes of many people.

Smith was expected to draw some interest from the Houston Rockets after they landed Dwight Howard, but it appears the early interest from the Pistons was all Smith needed to agree to a deal.

Free agency kicked off just after midnight on Monday, so be sure to stay tuned to throughout the free agency period as we keep you up to date with the latest news and rumors from around the league.

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