In surprising news the Detroit Pistons just waived Josh Smith. Smith, you may remember signed a 4 year, $54 million deal with the Pistons on July 11th, 2013. So 530 days later he's no longer on the team. Ridiculous.
The Pistons announce that they have waived Josh Smith. Wow.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) December 22, 2014
Pistons will use stretch provision on remaining $26 million of Josh Smith's contract, league source tells Yahoo. This gives some cap relief.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 22, 2014
The Detroit Pistons are 5-23. Josh Smith is averaging 13.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 4.7 APG on 39% FG, 34% 3PT, & 47% FT.— NBAonSTC (@NBAonSTC) December 22, 2014
Yeah. He's making $13.5 million this year, which is more money than Derrick Favors is making for the Utah Jazz (annnnd about $1.250 million less than Gordon Hayward, bee tee dubs). I think it's obvious that the Detroit Pistons already have a huge variable on their team right now in Brandon Jennings . . .
. . . and they appear to rather be focused on Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Greg Monroe (RFA) right now. Ultimately I think the signing of super inefficient vet Smith instead of going fully young is an indication that with how weak the East is that Detroit could have been a playoff team. Or at least, that was the idea last season as well. This season the team has a new boss and head coach in Stan Van Gundy, and I can only imagine how much of a frustration it would be to "coach" a player like Smith.
No one is saying that Smith is a bad person, or team-mate. It's just that his talents (which are considerable) are better served in a different system. Or perhaps on a team bereft of one?
Stan Van Gundy just took another sip pic.twitter.com/eSLMwluJiw— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) December 22, 2014
Yes. So if he's out, he will be available for some other team to get. The Utah Jazz? They could use talent, but I don't think Quin Snyder is the right man for this job; nor do I think he has a real spot with our squad.
No team wanted in via trade, but it will be available and find a new home.
Had heard from a Pistons front office member that Detroit daily pursued Josh Smith trades with all 29 other NBA teams. Zero were interested.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) December 22, 2014
The Houston Rockets are apparently in the mix of teams interested though. So, good luck to them.
And good luck to Josh Smith (video via Basketball John)