To most, Josh Smith isn’t exactly a player to covet.
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He’s an inefficient scorer that’s never been able to put it all together with an enormous contract.
However, as they proved this last week in their seemingly inexplicable decision to fire coach Mike Malone, the Sacramento Kings aren’t like most.
Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News is reporting that the the Kings are interested in trading for Smith.
"The Sacramento Kings are still interested in Smith, a source told The Detroit News. The man with final say, Van Gundy, turned down the Kings proposal over the summer – one that amounted to a pu pu platter of talent relative to Smith’s, as he wanted a chance to see if he could unlock all of Smith’s versatility and turn it into consistency.Smith has gotten off to a slow start, although he had his best game of the season in Sacramento on Saturday night, with 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks – in front of Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, the man who was behind acquiring Smith from the start."
Trading for Smith is a risky move, to put it mildly. But the Kings pretty clearly believe in Smith’s talent and that he could be a difference maker for them, despite the numbers suggesting otherwise.
Smith is averaging 13.5 points on a terrible 38.8 shooting percentage with 7.5 rebounds per game this season. Smith is owed $13.5 million in each of the two following seasons.
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