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Report: Kings and Pistons discussed Josh Smith trade

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Would Smith work out in Sacramento at all?
Would Josh Smith work out in Sacramento at all? (USATSI)

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UPDATE: According to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, the the discussions have fallen apart.


Well, that didn't last long. After Joe Dumars signed Josh Smith to a four-year, $56 million contract last summer, the Detroit Pistons could already be looking to move on from that signing. Stan Van Gundy took over as the coach and president of basketball operations following the 2013-14 season, and he could be trying to get rid of bad contracts and players who don't fit his vision for the team.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting the Pistons and Sacramento Kings may be trade partners in a deal centered around Smith. It would send back Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams, possibly including Jason Terry as well. It's a potentially bold move by an aggressive Kings' front office that has been looking to reshape this roster.

If you're getting a good offensive version of Smith, it's a good move for the Kings. Unfortunately, we haven't seen that version of Smith in a few seasons. He's one of the worst 3-point shooters in NBA history, and he's fallen in love with a jumper he can't consistently hit over being an great all-around player like we used to watch. However, the Kings did a great job turning Rudy Gay into an efficient offensive weapon last season and could be hoping to do the same with Smith.

A trio of DeMarcus Cousins, Gay, and Smith coupled with a backcourt of Ben McLemore and a re-signed Isaiah Thomas would put pressure on the Kings to be either accurate from the outside or aggressive and successful on the offensive boards.

For the Pistons, it breaks a big deal that was potentially an albatross on their salary cap to more manageable deals they can move. Williams wouldn't be much of a commitment for them as he expires next summer unless they want to make him a restricted free agent, and Thompson can either be a good third big man for them, insurance for whatever happens with Greg Monroe's restricted free agency this summer, or trade bait to a contender for another asset.

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