Apr 2, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) reacts during the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Detroit Pistons will have trouble trading Josh Smith

Now that former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy has taken over as both president and head coach of the Detroit Pistons, big changes are expected.

Although Greg Monroe does not seem like a perfect fit next to center Andre Drummond and will be a restricted free agency in the offseason, the forward Van Gundy would probably prefer to get rid of is Josh Smith. Smith signed a 4-year, $54 million deal with the Pistons last year.

However, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland, it is going to be very difficult to deal Smith.

But Smith’s trade value has never been lower. Still, the Pistons should be targeting teams with room to spend, their own trade pieces and/or cap room, and foolish motivation to win right now — the Lakers, Knicks, and Nets come to mind. The Pelicans have a couple of ugly contracts linked to perimeter players, but they’ve expressed no real interest in Smith, according to league sources. Detroit might be stuck.

Smith averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 steals per game last season. He shot just 41.9% from the field and 26.4% from beyond the arc.

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  • Samuel Small Sr.

    Keep trying

  • RogueofVengeance

    There’s always Boston

  • Keith Lucky Lucciano Gastone

    OMG! I love how people want Josh Smith traded so bad so they write stuff to make it seem like Van Gundy has to choose between the two. Monroe is goin not because of Smith but because he is a horrible PF. Monroe is better as a center but since we have Drummond, Monroe gets a shiny new sign and trade deal. Smith then moves to PF, a spot he’s more efficient at in my opinion. The Pistons can then get a true SF and say hello to playoffs.

    • b.one.z

      Giving up on the ceiling of a 4th year player with all-star potential, and banking on the improvement of a 10th year player who is a notorious team-caner. (Not smart)

      • Keith Lucky Lucciano Gastone

        Not smart at all when u put it that way, but look at it this way. Monroe does not fit. With him at PF, Detroit can’t play defense on anybody. Him next to Drummond might be ok on offense but on defense it’s a major liability. So u have to pick the player u want to build around and move on. We all know that player is AD0. Then Smith can move to his natural position, PF. The Pistons are in the same position the Lakers were in during the late 90s. Like the Pistons have to choose, the Lakers had to choose between Kobe and Eddie Jones. Look how well that choice turned out for them. The Pistons have to make a similar choice