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

Josh Smith rumors: Detroit Pistons don’t want to trade Smith


When former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy took over as head coach and president of the Detroit Pistons, most thought his first order of business would be settling the logjam in the front court.

Although they already add two very talented big men in center Andre Drummond and power forward Greg Monroe, the Pistons signed former Atlanta Hawks’ forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million deal last year. Smith is best suited as a power forward (and that was made clear in Atlanta), but when he plays alongside Drummond and Monroe, he has to play small forward. That proved to be a poor fit and the speculation the Pistons were shopping Smith began. Of course, it would be easier to part ways with Monroe because he is a restricted free agent, but Van Gundy has continued to praise Monroe’s game since getting the job.

However, Sam Amick of The USA Today reports the Pistons are not eager to trade Smith and actually value what he brings to the table. Amick believes the logjam up front has likely led to teams giving low-ball offers for both Smith and Monroe.

Smith put up 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 41.9% from the field, 26.4% from three and 53.2% from the charity stripe.

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  • Dmi Dru

    Ok so what gonna happen now?

    • Rob

      I wouldn’t be surprised if SVG holds on to them all until mid-season. It’s true someone’s got to go, but I think a guy like Stan would sacrifice a few wins to know he was getting fair market value. It couldn’t hurt his value to let him play a few games. He couldn’t do much worse than last season and it might be a fair bluff to make teams think were willing to stick with the trio. I’m 100% sure one of the tow big men is gone before the trade deadline, but I doubt it before the season begins the way things are looking, especially with half the league holding their cards waiting on Lebron and Carmello.