As the offseason began, the rumors surrounding a potential trade between the Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons involving forward Josh Smith began to heat up. Some reporters believed the two teams were very close to a deal while others didn’t think there was much to the trade at all. However, if the Pistons can somehow come to terms with restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe (which seems unlikely at this point), they could choose to deal Smith.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes the two sides could revisit the deal.
It’s funny, because if I recall correctly, in their latest reports on the matter, Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe cast starkly conflicting pictures of the chances this comes up again. I think Woj essentially said no way, while Lowe suggested it was a distinct possibility. In any case, I wouldn’t be shocked, but I’d imagine much of it is tied to Greg Monroe. If Monroe’s gone or takes the qualifying offer, Smith is far more valuable than he otherwise would be to Detroit.
Smith averaged 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 last season. Smith was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th-overall pick in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft and spent his first nine seasons there before signing a four-year, $54 million deal with the Pistons last summer. He has averaged 15.5 point, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 45.9% from the floor, 27.9% from three and 64.3% from the charity stripe in his career.
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