HoopsHype Josh Smith + Trade rumors

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January 29, 2015 Updates

We tracked trade rumor mentions on HoopsHype (which we humbly consider the go-to place for these matters) in the last three years to find out which players appeared most often in the trade mill without actually getting moved. Kharpetian's assertion was not far off: Nets center Brook Lopez is No. 3 in mentions of trade rumors that didn't lead to a deal. Only Pau Gasol and Josh Smith are ahead of him in the past three years. HoopsHype

January 12, 2015 Updates

"Stan and I, fortunately for both of us, we've had such a great chemistry and communication with each other since he's come on board, really from our first meeting," Gores said. "Stan is a very thorough guy ... for me, what was comfortable was knowing Stan is such a good coach, and with him, if we're 5-23, which we were, something's not right. "It's not just making a rotation change. I know he was working as hard as possible ... it was very collaborative with each other, like I would do with a CEO. I really challenged Stan to think creatively." NBA.com

"I think it's interesting how intangibles come into play," Gores said. "Our young guys are getting more minutes. We did get Meeks back and that's something you can't ignore, Having Jodie, first of all, he has great energy. Even if he doesn't have a great game he helps the team. He helps KCP (second-year shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope). "Meeks has been a big part of us coming back. And, really, letting Stan run the system he wants. Having Josh and Monroe, It just wasn't working. There just wasn't enough room." NBA.com

December 25, 2014 Updates
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December 23, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy acknowledged there was a trade opportunity for Smith last summer without mentioning the team or the players involved, though a deal with Sacramento that would have brought three players back to the Pistons was widely reported last June. Van Gundy said he had no regrets about not making that deal. "I would rather be where we are right now than having taken back the players we were offered that would've sat on our cap for the next three years," he said. "That would have slowed down our rebuilding effort. We went into the season expecting much, much better than this. To just continue on the same course and not do anything differently at 5 and 23 would be pretty bad leadership at this point. Looking back, I would rather have this situation than the opportunity we had in the summer." NBA.com

December 22, 2014 Updates

Houston has aggressively pursued Smith for the past two years, failing in the summer of 2013 to agree to a sign-and-trade agreement with Atlanta to acquire Smith. Before ultimately signing a four-year $56 million deal with Detroit, Smith had been fixated on finding a way to join the Rockets, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

December 16, 2014 Updates

At this point, Smith is the only player the team (5-20) has discussed trading. But even that is just preliminary; teams are scared off by Smith's price tag and the evidence that he's a declining player. Detroit Free Press

December 15, 2014 Updates

Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, Detroit. New Pistons president Stan Van Gundy needs to trade one or both of these guys if he wants to preserve the sanity of new Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. Both are firmly on the block, per rival executives. Bleacher Report

The front office-coach relationship became increasingly strained through the Las Vegas summer league in July, especially once Ranadive and D'Alessandro made a play to trade for Detroit forward Josh Smith, sources said. The owner told people outside the franchise that, no, his coach didn't want Smith, but Ranadive didn't care. He wanted Smith's talent, and it was on Malone to make it work. Most of the coaching staff struggled to believe Smith could fit with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, and management differed. Talks with the Pistons shut down quickly, because Stan Van Gundy didn't want to make the proposed deals, sources said. "The Smith situation caused everyone to take sides: Management against coaches, coaches against management," a source told Yahoo Sports. "Things only got worse." Yahoo! Sports

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