HoopsHype Josh Smith rumors

April 8, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith has patella tendinitis in his left knee and did not play Tuesday against his former team, the Atlanta Hawks. Smith wore a suit and watched from the bench. It was the first game he missed since leaving Atlanta in July to sign a four-year, $54 million contract as a free agent. USA Today Sports

April 4, 2014 Updates

It hasn’t gone as planned and considering Smith is the most experienced Piston amongst the starting five, along with his credentials of being known as a talented, versatile and mercurial player, he makes an easy villain. “I am an easy target to be able to blame. I’m very outspoken,” Smith said. “I’m an emotional player. I can easily be a target night in and out.” Detroit News

“I think anybody, and it’s just in general, the highest-paid player on the team and supposed to be the franchise, they pay you like that, they expect you to produce like that,” said point guard Brandon Jennings, who also arrived in Detroit last summer. “That’s just like (Pacers forward) Paul George, he got 90 (million dollars). If he came in and didn’t live up to it, how much would people be talking about him? If you’re that high-paid player, you gotta be ready every night. Every night. You can’t have no days off. Nobody cares, nobody wants to hear that.” Detroit News

March 16, 2014 Updates

“I don’t think [raising the age limit] would be a good thing for the league,” said Pistons forward JoshSmith, who entered the 2004 draft out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. “Coming in from high school, I think when a player is ready, he’s ready. You can be in so many different circumstances and situations. People always say that the league will be there. Well, I have to disagree, I think school will be there. The league is something you have to reach whenever your stock and your potential is at its highest peak. No matter if you come out of high school or college, the NBA game is going to go 100 miles per hour to you.” Boston Globe

March 9, 2014 Updates
March 8, 2014 Updates

The question is whether Smith and his new team can get there after yet another bad loss by the Pistons, 114-101 Friday to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game decided early. "I just want to make the playoffs. I'm not paying attention on me trying to get in over them," Smith said, referring to the Hawks, the hometown team with which he spent his first nine seasons. "I just want to be able to win games and be able to give ourselves the opportunity to make the postseason. "I've been there for six consecutive years and when you get into a position like that, you kind of get addicted to it. That's who I am; (I'm) at the point in my career where I want to be able to be successful and give myself a chance to win the title." Booth Newspapers

February 20, 2014 Updates
February 12, 2014 Updates

That said, Hollins sees Detroit as an attractive situation. “Well, I think the kid, [Andre] Drummond, can be an outstanding defensive center. He needs to obviously develop offensively but defensively and rebounding – which is a core of being a good team is being able to rebound – he’s coming along really well. [Greg] Monroe has shown that he can score and he’s a decent passer, good team player. They went and picked up Josh Smith. I think sometimes the three-headed monster is tough to play together but there’s ways to work around that. But I like Josh Smith. I like Brandon Jennings as a dynamic point guard who can put up a lot of points. I think they need to learn how to win. I think they need to learn how to play together on a consistent basis and play hard, but they’ve got some intriguing pieces that make me say, ‘Wow, there’s possibilities there.’” NBCSports.com

February 9, 2014 Updates

Josh Smith understands Erik Spoelstra’s position. The Heat coach was sticking up for LeBron James when he complained about Smith and Rodney Stuckey grabbing James before he went airborne in Miami’s 102-96 victory over the Pistons on Monday night. But there was nothing dirty about those plays, according to Smith. “Players of his caliber are very strong and athletic, and if you were just to give him a little brush on the arm, he can have the possibility of a three-point play,” Smith said this week. “I’m not known as a dirty player and neither is Rodney Stuckey. “He’s just protecting his player, but there was really no hard foul given.” Detroit Free Press

February 8, 2014 Updates

The next few weeks will tell this tale, but this much is agreed upon around the league: Dumars would be more than willing to trade forward Josh Smith. Yet the reality of Smith's contract signed last summer (four years, $54 million) means he's likely going nowhere, which brings us to the question of what happens with big man Greg Monroe. USA Today Sports

February 7, 2014 Updates

The next few weeks will tell this tale, but this much is agreed upon around the league: Dumars would be more than willing to trade forward Josh Smith. Yet the reality of Smith's contract signed last summer (four years, $54 million) means he's likely going nowhere, which brings us to the question of what happens with big man Greg Monroe. USA Today Sports

February 5, 2014 Updates
February 4, 2014 Updates

While the dream would be to find a home for Josh Smith, he's virtually untradable given the huge contract the Pistons signed him to this summer. Greg Monroe is much easier to trade, but given the talent, the Pistons need a lot in return -- preferably a sweet-shooting swingman who allows them to move Smith over to the 4. ESPN.com

January 30, 2014 Updates

The Josh Smith experiment in Detroit is not going well, and there's strong opinion around the league that the Pistons would trade him if they could -- and "could'' is the key word. Since Smith is in the first year of a four-year, $56 million deal, he is one of the most untradable players in the league. ESPN.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

Josh Smith looked at Greg Monroe in the post-game locker room and muttered the words every Detroit Pistons fan had to be thinking. "Worst team in the league," Smith said, shaking his head. Booth Newspapers

January 22, 2014 Updates

Smith is on pace to hoist more than 300 3-pointers this season. He's also converting at a 23.9 percent clip. Want to guess how many players in NBA history have attempted at least 300 3-pointers in a season? Go ahead, guess. I'll give you a hint, it's a lot! Did you guess? Good. The answer, according to Basketball-Reference, is 667 players. Of those 667 players, do you want to know how many of them converted at less than a 30 percent success rate? Seventeen (17). Of those 17 do you know how many people have been worse than Smith is on pace to be? Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nil. Detroit Bad Boys

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