After Dwight Howard made his decision to join the Houston Rockets, everybody was wondering whether or not Josh Smith would end up doing the same since the two stars go way back with each other. Unfortunately for the Rockets, it doesn’t look like that will be happening as Smith will be joining another team instead–the Detroit Pistons.
Smith has reportedly agreed to sign a four-year, $56 million deal with the Pistons after spending the last nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Over the last couple of years, Smith has emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous forwards and even though he’s spent his entire career in Atlanta–it was no secret that it only a matter of time before he was on his way out.
The Hawks have been going back and fourth over a trade for the last couple of years with the fear of Smith leaving once he became a free agent and now that it’s become a reality–it will be interesting to see how Atlanta bounces back during the 2013-14 season. At 27, Smith certainly has plenty of solid years left in him and this is certainly a great addition for a young Detroit team that finished with a 29-53 record last year.
Free agency has certainly lived up to the hype so far with plenty of big-name players taking their talents to different teams and there’s no question Smith will have a big impact on helping the Pistons turn things around next season.