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Ishmael Smith
Ishmael Smith
Position: G
Born: 07/05/88
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Salary: $6,000,000
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It started with a 3:30 a.m. contract agreement July 1 with the Pistons a few hours after free agency opened. More recently, it’s been dreaming about the possibilities stirred by that union. “I always ask people, ‘What wakes you up at night?’ For me, now it’s the pursuit of a championship,” Smith said after a recent group workout with his new Pistons teammates as they prepare for next week’s opening of training camp. “That really is what the case is. It’s like, we’ve got a real chance to be champions. And I know that sounds crazy and people think, ‘Naaah. Yeah, you guys got better; not champions.’ But we’ve really got a real legit chance. And as long as we believe it, nobody else matters.”
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Van Gundy never sets a wins total goal at the start of a season, putting his faith in the day-to-day process that carries a team through the 82-game grind. He expects his best Pistons team yet – one with a young nucleus that returns intact since the February trade-deadline deal for Tobias Harris and one with a bolstered bench thanks to the free-agent acquisitions of Ish Smith, Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic. “I think we can be a better team, but I think there’s a lot of teams in the East getting better. I think the East got a lot better last year. I think it’s going to get better again and it’s going to be harder. We’ve got to control what we can control, which is being as good as we can be. I’m optimistic about the year, but I’m also realistic about the fact that we’re going to have to be better. We can’t be where we were last year.”