2013 NBA Free Agency: Josh Smith Chooses Money Over Title Contention, Signs With Detroit Pistons

By Ryan Heckman

The Detroit Pistons have made their first big splash of the 2013 NBA Free Agency period, signing Josh Smith to a four year, $56 million deal according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:



To many, this is a surprising move. The biggest reason why is because of Dwight Howard’s decision to land with the Houston Rockets, and the immediate rumor that Smith would follow him. They are good friends and Howard was said to have asked Houston to sign Smith as well to give them their own ‘big three’ along with James Harden.

Well, it looks like Smith had other plans. With the opportunity to win staring him in the face, he chose the opposite direction and is headed to Detroit.

Smith has always been one of the biggest — and few — advocates of his game being worthy of a max contract. $14 million per year isn’t at the max level, but it is definitely more than his skill set deserves at this point. Unfortunately, the Pistons needed to make a move, and like many potential suitors, they had to offer Smith a significant deal.

Detroit won’t necessarily be a terrible team next year, at least. Fans can appreciate the front office wanting to act now and improve the roster immediately. With Smith now joining a crowded front court featuring Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, it will be interesting to see where he plays or whether the Pistons will try and move Drummond or Monroe — likely intriguing trade prospects for teams with a need down low.

At the moment, the Pistons have reached their goal of making a big move. After being rumored to want Andre Iguodala, who wound up with the Golden State Warriors, they knew they had to make their move to acquire the other top target they had in mind — and Detroit did just that.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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