5 Reasons Why the Detroit Pistons Must Trade Josh Smith

Josh Smith: 5 Reasons Why the Detroit Pistons Must Trade Him

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Trade rumors have been swirling around Josh Smith and the Detroit Pistons for months. It seemed patently absurd that another NBA team would actually want Smith after this past season, but the Sacramento Kings have emerged as a clear suitor. The Pistons haven't pulled the trigger on a deal yet because they're looking to get more value in return for Smith. Here are 5 reasons why Detroit should stop playing games and trade him as soon as possible.

5. Potential Locker Room Cancer

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5. Potential Locker Room Cancer

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During his NBA career, Smith has started fights, been suspended by his own team and been an obvious locker room cancer at times. This is something that the Pistons have to be very wary of; Detroit seemingly has had player and coaching squabbles to deal with almost every year for the last half decade.

4. Smith's Love for the Perimeter

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4. Smith's Love for the Perimeter

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Smith is the king of inefficiency, often stopping the ball and stubbornly jacking up shots from the outside despite being an absolutely dreadful shooter. This tendency was exacerbated by Detroit's silly decision to play Smith at small forward, but it has been a problem even when he plays the four; he attempted almost three triples a game during his last year with the Atlanta Hawks while playing almost exclusively at power forward.

3. Smith's Bad Contract

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3. Smith's Bad Contract

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Smith is owed $40.5 million over the next three years, and that's a pretty hefty price to pay for a player whose stats significantly overstate what he actually brings to a basketball team. The Pistons would be much better off spending this money elsewhere.

2. Greg Monroe

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2. Greg Monroe

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With Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond all on the same team, Detroit has three starting-quality big men. Drummond isn't going anywhere, and Monroe is just 24 with plenty of potential. We know that Smith can't play at small forward, and it makes the most sense for a rebuilding team like the Pistons to give the lion's share of minutes to the youngest players. Trading Smith gives Monroe room to flourish.

1. Smith Doesn't Fit in Stan Van Gundy's System

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1. Smith Doesn't Fit in Stan Van Gundy's System

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It appears as if Stan Van Gundy is looking to surround a dominant big man (Drummond) with shooting just as he did with the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard. Smith kills Detroit's spacing and makes no sense in a system like this. Opposing teams would be happy to let him and his bricky perimeter game sit at the three point line unguarded.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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