The Detroit Pistons finally made their free-agent splash on Saturday, handing a four-year, $54 million contract to Josh Smith, according to multiple reports. Smith and Andre Iguodala were atop the Pistons’ wish list heading into free agency, and after Iguodala signed with Golden State it was Smith or bust.
It may still be Smith and bust, depending on how well new coach Maurice Cheeks can fit a lineup together that now features the 6-foot-9 Smith and incumbent starting forwards Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Smith will be asked to play the small forward spot, then move up if Drummond or Monroe is on the bench.
Smith averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Atlanta Hawks last season, setting himself up for a hefty payday. The Pistons, with upwards of $20 million in cap space, stepped up.
What’s next for Joe Dumars? Well, finding another point guard should be priority No. 1. We took a look earlier at some possible options for Detroit there, now that Jose Calderon has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.