HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

July 22, 2014 Updates

The Kings are still looking for a power forward. The team inquired about Detroit’s Josh Smith again while in Las Vegas. The Kings aren’t content with their collection of power forwards and would like to move a contract or two to bring in a better complement to Cousins. That would be an athletic shot blocker or a big man who can shoot from long range. Sacramento Bee

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In a broader sense, the Pistons are doing interesting stuff. They’ve reportedly inquired about Isaiah Thomas, a bold move for a team that just locked up Brandon Jennings last summer. But Jennings was mostly bad, and creative front offices don’t just shrug and give up after allotting significant money to a guy at one position — especially when that contract only runs two more seasons. Reading between the lines, a sign-and-trade involving Thomas and Josh Smith may be in the works, and multiple sources say Monroe’s camp has made it known Monroe will sign the one-year qualifying offer if Smith remains on the roster. Monroe’s camp denies that, and that kind of empty threat is not atypical from top restricted free agents. It’s really their only form of leverage. Grantland

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The Kings were mentioned as a landing spot for Josh Smith just before the draft. I know for a fact that the Kings and Pistons discussed a potential deal centered around Smith, so it’s definitely possible that those talks could start back up. Detroit was one of the first teams to contact Isaiah Thomas last night, so there’s no doubt there’s interest on their end. Basketball Insiders

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But in an interview with 97.1 The Ticket on Friday, Van Gundy opened up a little more about what he thinks about his high-priced power forward. "It's not about changing his game," Van Gundy said. "Josh has had a game for a long time in this league that works." Van Gundy, speaking from experience as someone who had to face off against Smith's Hawks several times as a coach of the Orlando Magic, praised Smith for his passing, ball handling, shot blocking and inside scoring. "It's about us putting him in spots that play to his strengths and don't maybe give him the opportunity to play to his weaknesses a little bit," Van Gundy said. "And it's about him making better decisions and being more efficient than he was last year." Detroit Bad Boys

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