Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

What in the name of Jack McCloksey is Joe Dumars doing? A week went by with the Detroit Pistons patiently waiting to see what would shake out in the free agent market while other teams made their signings and trades. Once the Dwight Howard deal with Houston went down, it was believed that the Rockets would workout a deal to obtain Atlanta Hawks free power forward Josh Smith in a sign-and-trade deal, but less than 24 hours later, the Pistons ended up signing the highly athletic Smith to a near max deal, 4-years and $56 million, per Adrian Wojnarowski. This move makes zero basketball sense when looked at inside a vacuum. Nothing against Smith, he’s a fine basketball player, who can sometimes dominate inside because of ability to literally jump over the competition. He is a premier shot blocker, and can fill it up at the rim. But, the Pistons did not have a need for this in their starting lineup with their already young and efficient frontcourt which includes Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Drummond and Smith could have nightly block parties on defense, but there is no room for all of these guys on the offensive end. Smith [...]

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