HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

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

December 13, 2014 Updates
December 11, 2014 Updates

I'm not sure he had much of chance to trade Smith over the summer. The Kings were the only team really interested, but I've heard various sources say they were or weren't that interested. Monroe could've been traded, but there wasn't much there. The problem with having a GM that's the coach is that they are rarely willing to sacrifice the NOW for later. ESPN.com

November 20, 2014 Updates

Smith acknowledged his is struggling "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us." "I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said. "I've been in this game a long time, so all I've got to do is go back to the film and watch it, and see what I need to do to make myself the most effective as possible for this team." Booth Newspapers

November 8, 2014 Updates

Josh Smith knows that his shooting slump is hurting the Detroit Pistons. Friday, he found other ways to help them win. Smith, who is 7-of-31 shooting in the last two games, had key plays on both ends in the final 20 seconds, allowing the Pistons to escape with a 98-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm struggling to put the ball in the basket, but winning isn't only about making shots," he said. "I know that I've still got intangibles that I can bring to the floor." ESPN.com

November 6, 2014 Updates

Smith's penchant for errant perimeter jump shots has become such a hot topic among Pistons fans that Wednesday's audible crowd reaction came instinctively, unlike the conscious boos on a couple of other occasions. "I'm not worried about the fans," Smith said Thursday. "I'm worried about what my teammates think, people that actually understand and know basketball. But a lot of people follow us and if they hear one or two people boo, they feel like it's the right thing to do." Booth Newspapers

November 5, 2014 Updates

Head coach Stan Van Gundy went with Smith at small forward primarily to account for the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony. "Josh will play real hard," Van Gundy said. "I think he's got good size on him and the whole thing. But there's nobody who shuts the guy (Anthony) down. You need a lot of help, your team defense has got to be good, you want to be really disciplined against him, and you hope he misses some shots." Booth Newspapers

October 31, 2014 Updates

Walking off the floor after the Nuggets' 89-79 win in Denver on opening night Wednesday with 22 points and 17 rebounds to his name, Faried mouthed off about Smith's evening. "Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting," Faried said on the team's website after the game. "And he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game." Detroit News

Smith, who started off hitting six of his first 10 shots but made just three of his final 12, heard of Faried's comments Thursday afternoon from a friend, and fired back in kind before the Pistons played the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I don't respond to nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball," Smith said, referring to Faried's hairdo. "He's a clown, quote me on that." Detroit News

"He fears me," Smith said. "He's scared of me, so, of course, he'll talk about me in the paper. He won't do it to me in my face. If you have to hide behind a microphone or smartphone, so be it. I don't mind." Detroit News

October 30, 2014 Updates
October 21, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy still isn't sure how often Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith will be on the floor at the same time this season. He is sure that he might need the lineup against some teams. "We just haven't had enough of a sample size," Van Gundy said after Monday's practice. "The big lineup has been competitive. … In three games, really, they've been competitive. They got us off to good starts. "So is that the way we start and really rebound the ball and pound it inside early and try to draw some fouls and then play quicker, or do we go the other way and start smaller and go to that if we need it? I don't know." Detroit Free Press

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