Earlier this offseason the Sacramento Kings made multiple efforts to acquire Josh Smith in a trade from the Detroit Pistons. However, given the lack of a return, Detroit decided they’d prefer to keep Josh Smith in Motown – at least for now.
Head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy reportedly spoke to Josh Smith and informed him that they weren’t interested in trading him, however that may have been more damage control than anything considering the team is reportedly still looking to make a deal.
However, they’re not finding that road very easy as according to Joel Brigham, Detroit can’t find any takers for Josh Smith.
Detroit knows they’d rather have him (Greg Monroe) than Josh Smith as their starting power forward, but A.) they’re having a hard time dumping off one of the worst contracts in basketball.
Brigham went on, though he was more referencing to Greg Monroe instead of Smith in the remainder of answer.
As for Josh Smith, there’s really no reason for the Pistons to keep him on their roster if they can nab any type of return for the veteran. It’s understandable as to why they weren’t interested in Sacramento’s offer considering the Kings weren’t giving up anything outside of spare parts in hopes Detroit would like a bit of salary relief.
Of course, given Smith’s salary the Pistons are almost assured of having to take back a ‘bad’ contract in return and you’d figure they’d want to avoid that since the point of trading Josh Smith would be to rid his bad deal.