With Dwight Howard choosing the Houston Rockets, the rest of the dominoes are start to fall in place for the rest of the NBA free agents. Josh Smith was rumored to be heading to Houston in a sign-and-trade deal but has instead signed with the Detroit Pistons. The Atlanta Hawks replaced Smith with former Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap while O.J. Mayo inked with the Milwaukee Bucks and Jose Calderon is heading to the Dallas Mavericks. Here is the latest on the NBA free agent front.
Detroit Pistons sign F Josh Smith to 4-year, $56 million deal
After Dwight Howard signed with Houston, there were rumors that the next play for the Rockets was to try and acquire Josh Smith via a sign and trade. I guess that option didn’t work out as Smith will be heading to Detroit.
The Pistons entered the off-season with a ton of cap flexibility and were hoping to make a big spalsh. Signing J Smoove does just that. Detroit’s frontcourt now features Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond meaning all three could start with Smith playing the three or they can play Smith at the four and bring Drummond off the bench.
I’m not a huge Smith fan because I think he is a bit of a headcase but this signing certainly makes Detroit a better team and increases their likelihood of becoming a playoff team in a weak Eastern Conference.
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