It’s hard to say a team with a newly acquired point guard from a season ago who averaged 15.5 points and 7.6 assists per game this past season needs to acquire another point guard. However, the Detroit Pistons are hot on the trail to sign talented young point guard Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas, 25, has quietly become one of the best young point guards in the league, averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game in his third season in the league.
Sure, the Pistons already have a talented point guard in Brandon Jennings, 24, but they could use a solid complement to Jennings, providing extreme depth at the guard positions. Detroit could even go with a smaller guard lineup with Thomas and Jennings at both positions, providing both scoring and passing prowess at both positions and extra talent off the bench.
Why else do the Pistons need to make this deal?
Well, it seems like Thomas could develop into a solid leader and this signing could turn into a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings, sending the horrid contract and terrible three-point shooting of Josh Smith packing to California.
Smith is one guy who the Pistons are hoping to dump on some other team because of his poor performance in 2013-14 and lackluster shooting touch. The Pistons are also looking to get rid of either Smith of Greg Monroe — which would clear up the post.
Smith also thought he was a perimeter player — and that clearly wasn’t the case.
Signing Thomas would free up some cap space to add a small forward to replace Smith if it does turn into a sign-and-trade, but either way, this would be a positive move for Detroit.
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