The Detroit Pistons are a train wreck this season and they really shouldn’t be. They made what seemed to be smart free agent signings, albeit pricey ones, but the roster seemed to look solid heading into the season. Then something just didn’t click and the team is spiraling out of control.
Detroit’s losing ways mean that the front office is trying to save face by making a trade to right the ship. The Pistons have yanked Greg Monroe off the trade block, meaning one or two other players are going to get attention. Other teams want to trade for Greg Monroe, but the Pistons instead want teams to take Josh Smith off his hands.
The Josh Smith experiment in Detroit is not going well, and there’s strong opinion around the league that the Pistons would trade him if they could — and “could” is the key word. Since Smith is in the first year of a four-year, $56 million deal, he is one of the most untradable players in the league.
Trading Smith would have nothing to do with making the Pistons better or worse, although some fans would argue just getting rid of him would be an instant improvement. Detroit trading Josh Smith trade would be all about his contract and handing it off to whichever poor sap willing to take it on.