HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

November 23, 2013 Updates

Smith said he learned about 12:30 a.m. Thursday that Cheeks had scheduled an 11 a.m. practice. But by then, Smith had skipped the team charter flight. "Generally, 99.9 percent of the time, on back-to-backs, you have a day off," Smith said. "And considering that I was at home and my father was dealing with a real serious illness, I thought it was self-explanatory. But I should have made better communication on my part, as far as letting these guys know that I was going to stay over. "I apologized to Joe Dumars and Mo Cheeks the following day. It's a situation that's very minor and I really want to move past it, because it's a situation where I thought it was a day off." Booth Newspapers

Twelve games into his Detroit Pistons tenure, Josh Smith was left out of the starting lineup after 604 consecutive games started Friday, ostensibly for missing practice the day before, according to head coach Maurice Cheeks. Smith was held scoreless for the first time since his rookie season, and the 96-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, and nature of the disciplinary action, called the fabric of this team into question. Booth Newspapers

Smith was long gone before the locker room was opened to the media, leaving head coach Maurice Cheeks to explain why the Pistons' biggest free-agent signee in years was omitted from the starting lineup. Cheeks said Smith missed practice Thursday. The player, meantime, already had planned to spend what he expected to be an off day in Atlanta that day. The miscommunication produced an abject lesson in athletes trying to predict when their coaches plan to schedule practice. Booth Newspapers

But given the timeline Cheeks presented, the head coach who was brought here in part for his history as a player's coach could have covered for his team's biggest offseason addition. Cheeks decided to bench Smith under unusual circumstances instead. Cheeks also was non-committal about what happens next. "Is Josh Smith starting going forward?" Cheeks said. "Probably, but nothing's written in stone. So we'll see." Booth Newspapers

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Atlanta is his hometown and where he played his first nine seasons in the NBA. “I’m having mixed emotions,” Smith said. “I know that my friends and family are going to be happy to see me there. I don’t necessarily know what is going to happen with the rest of the fans. I’m just coming to win a basketball game. “That is pretty much it. I’m coming in there being focused to win a game, get off on the right foot, and I’m not necessarily concerned with how the crowd is going to receive me.” Detroit Free Press

November 18, 2013 Updates

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has previously said the team did not make Josh Smith a contract offer once he became an unrestricted free agent this summer. Smith gave some more detail into the Hawks’ lack of interest this summer in a radio interview with 92.9 FM Monday. “No, there wasn’t,” Smith said when asked if there was a contract offer. “During free agency, during that period, there were a lot of guys out in L.A. that were meeting with various teams. I was one of those guys. That’s where I work out in the summertime as well. The only time I saw the Hawks during free agency was when they came to one of my workouts just to say hello. I think they were meeting with Dwight Howard that day. They never came in or sat down with me during the free agency period to offer me anything.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"As it relates to his returning to the Hawks I spoke to Josh during the season, both before the trade deadline and after, about where his head was regarding his future here as well as our intentions," Ferry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I also had steady and open communication with his agents Brian Dyke and Wallace Prather during the season as well as during the summer. Although we both decided it was best to move in different directions, I wish him well. Josh was obviously a very important part of several good seasons for the Hawks and he did wonderful things in the Atlanta community." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 17, 2013 Updates

Pistons GM Joe Dumars made two important moves in the offseason — signing Josh Smith as a free agent and trading for point guard Brandon Jennings. The two players have had minimal impact on the Pistons thus far. “The big problem with those two guys is they’re not first-option scorers, but they have a first-option mentality,” NBA TV analyst Greg Anthony said. “They make more poor decisions with their shot selection than anything else. It’s a domino effect. When your teammates see you taking tough, ill-advised shots, it takes their energy and motivation from them.” News-Herald

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Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith was born just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He went to high school in Atlanta and played his first nine NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks, so when free agency rolled around for Smith it was surprising that he didn’t ultimately stay in Atlanta but it was clear not only to Smith, but the Hawks that it was time for a change. “It wasn’t as hard as other people saw it,” Smith said to HOOPSWORLD. “It was time for me to experience a different thing in my life, a new situation, new opportunity and I’m happy where I’m at.” HoopsWorld

Smith signed a four-year $54 million contract this summer with the Pistons; however, there were several other offers on the table, but what the Pistons had to offer was exactly what Smith was looking for in his next team. “Just all the young talent that they have,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of great potential in Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, the draft picks Tony Mitchell, a veteran college player in Peyton Siva, (Kentavious) Caldwell-Pope. Those guys are what intrigued me. Shooters in Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey, who I had competitive matchups with in high school. He’s always been a competitor and always a competitor in the league. They had a lot of guys that I knew could play the game of basketball and could potentially be something great in this league. When we acquired Brandon Jennings after me and Chauncey Billups, I became really excited about the upcoming season.” HoopsWorld

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