Detroit Pistons Should Try To Sign Josh Smith

By John Raffel


Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars seems to be very serious about bringing in some good talent to help make his team an NBA playoff contender this season.

The Pistons are looking at various free agents and there are reports that they’ve been meeting with Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.

It’s just talks and doesn’t mean anything at this stage. Dumars has some spending cap money to work with and Smith may be someone that he will try to get to ink a contract if at all possible.

Smith is one of the top free agents that is available and is likely to have others besides the Pistons courting him. The problem the Pistons have is attracting a free agent who wants to win a title right way. The Pistons are a few years away from NBA title contention. They should try to focus first on getting back to the playoffs and that won’t be easy by itself.

The 6-foot-9 Smith would give plenty to the Detroit front court, and the Pistons could add him to the likes of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, a couple of  young, but very promising players, who form the foundation of the future for Detroit.

Smith was drafted out of high school in 2004 and has been with the Hawks for nine years. The Hawks are in more of a position to go after an NBA title than the Pistons and they’re trying to keep Smith. So, it won’t be easy for the Pistons.

But Dumars should outbid anyone wanting to get Smith and he can do it. Smith averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds last season. He’s a high quality player and can help any team.

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