The Pistons badly needed a backup point guard.
They outscored opponents by 1.6 points per 100 possessions with Reggie Jackson on the floor and got outscored by 3.7 per 100 with Steve Blake, the second-string point guard after Detroit traded Brandon Jennings.
Enter Ish Smith.
Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:
Smith is an immediate upgrade. He uses his speed well to create scoring and passing opportunities. Defense is a bigger question, but beggars can’t be choosers.
This is also a fair price in this cap environment. There aren’t many decent point guards available, and the Pistons pounced on one they think fits.
The Pistons’ bigger dream of Al Horford looks far less likely now. They already needed to clear a little cap space to offer his max, and now Smith’s salary also stands in the way. Either Detroit knew Horford was unlikely to sign, or there’s a plan to clear room if Horford shows interest.