Josh Smith, Brandan Wright

Report: Pistons shopping Josh Smith, want more than expiring contract


Two years ago, the Pistons traded Ben Gordon and a first-round pick for Corey Maggette. The players were basically irrelevant, but their contracts were key. Because Maggette’s expired a year sooner, the Pistons got cap space last summer rather than in the upcoming summer.

They, of course, used it to sign Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract that doesn’t look so hot at the moment.

What if the Pistons could trade Smith for Gordon’s now-expiring contract? They might look a little foolish – that draft pick isn’t coming back – but they should at least consider it, right?

I guess not.

Are any teams actually offering an expiring contract for Smith? If they are and the Pistons are still passing later this afternoon, that seems unwise on their part.

More likely, Detroit is just trying to generate a market and/or hasn’t given up yet on Smith.

Considering how poorly Smith and Greg Monroe have played with Andre Drummond – Detroit’s franchise player – and how they also won’t trade Monroe for minor pieces, the Pistons are more likely just trying to drum up interest that isn’t there. But it’s also possible they’re just overvaluing Smith.

Or maybe some of both.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.