In the early hours of the 2014 NBA Free Agency period, the Detroit Pistons tabled a three-year, $24 million contract offer to restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas. While it seems this could just be an attempt to add some talent on Detroit’s part, there could be a deeper storyline developing.
While this is mostly speculation at this point, the Pistons could be putting pieces in place to pull off a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings.
It’s been known for some time that the Pistons are looking to unload Josh Smith and his gaudy contract, a four-year, $56 million deal that he signed last offseason. There have also been rumors floating around that the Kings and Pistons discussed a deal almost a week ago to send Smith to Sacramento, so it seems as though the “nixed” talks could be picking back up.
One source insists nothing imminent, but I’m told Pistons and Kings have discussed a trade that would send Josh Smith to Sacramento
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 24, 2014
This might also mean that Brandon Jennings could be on the move. Jennings and Thomas both play the same position, and together would cost too much for the Pistons to keep. Detroit could choose to unload both Jennings and Smith to the Kings, which would also open up some cap space to acquire more talent via free agency.
Either way, it would be wise to monitor the situation moving forward. The Kings have the cap space to take on Smith, and likely aren’t willing to match the Pistons’ offer on Thomas. If Detroit sweetens the deal with draft picks or cash considerations, Sacramento might just be forced to pull the trigger.
It’s still early in free agency, but the possibilities are endless at this point. Stay tuned.