HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

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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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When he was introduced Tuesday in a news conference at The Palace, the thought of playing with a front line of Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith prompted Jennings to say "I guess you could say we're going to be Lob City here in Detroit this year." Drummond's reaction? "It was like that last year when we were barely did it," Drummond said. "Imagine what it's going to be like this year when we have more athletes on our team. It's going to be fun for us. Bringing him in was a great pick by Joe (Dumars). Like he said, Brandon has five years under his belt right how. He's knows what he's doing. He knows when to lead. He knows how to play and how to get his team to play. He's ready to change his game to become a better point guard. He won't take as many shots as he had to in Milwaukee. Booth Newspapers

The Jennings who came out of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy was hailed as a transcendent playmaker with great vision, but when he got to the Bucks he evolved into a shoot-first player, partly out of necessity given the makeup of the roster. “This will be my first year playing with a frontcourt like this – Drummond, Greg Monroe and also Josh Smith,” he said. “We have two (of the) top big men in the league, especially two young guys that have a lot of potential. They’re going to make my job a lot easier and, of course, I’m going to make their job a lot easier. I guess you could say we could bring ‘Lob City’ to Detroit this year.” NBA.com

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Being enamored with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t anything new for the Pistons, but the two sides aren’t likely to embark on a trade any time soon. The Boston Globe reported the Pistons offered guard Brandon Knight and an expiring contract — either Rodney Stuckey or Charlie Villanueva, as cap relief — for Rondo, who’s recovering from an ACL tear. The Celtics would want Andre Drummond, who’s obviously not available and won’t be, and the Pistons want to see how the frontcourt of Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith play together before making any deals to drastically alter their foundation. Detroit News

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Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Josh Smith to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “We’re pleased to welcome Josh Smith to the Pistons organization,” Dumars said. “Josh is a two-way player and we look forward to blending his talents with our young core.” NBA.com

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