Time is up in Detroit for former 1st round pick Josh Smith. The Pistons cut the forward after signing him to a 4-year, 54 million dollar deal in 2013. After only play for less than two years, Smith still had $26 million left on his contract.
The Pistons cut an aging Smith (29 years old), even with him averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season. Since becoming a Piston, he averaged 15.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists, but did not produce the numbers Detroit had hoped for.
“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” coach and team president Stan Van Gundy said. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future.”
Smith has 48 hour to get claimed by another NBA team. If a team does not claim him, then he can sign with another team as a free agent, to a contract with new terms.
Smith was drafted with the 17th pick in the 2004 draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Who do you think needs Josh Smith the most?
Would a contender sign him as a role players? Or will a struggling team like the Knicks or Lakers give him another chance to start?
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