The season isn’t going as the Detroit Pistons or Josh Smith imagined.
Detroit isn’t as good as they though they’d be when they signed Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith last summer and Smith isn’t having that great of a year. And that’s putting it nicely. Technically, Smith is having one of the worst seasons of his career.
Smith is only averaging 15.6 points per game, his lowest mark since the 2009 season, and 6.8 rebounds per game, his lowest since 2006. That doesn’t even count his inability to gain any type of cohesiveness with the rest of his team.
Bottom line is that the Pistons and Smith don’t make the greatest of fits.
And now apparently, the Pistons have realized that. The only problem is that there is probably no way you’re going to find anyone who would be willing to take on Smith’s 4-year, $54 million contract in a trade.
The Josh Smith experiment in Detroit is not going well, and there’s strong opinion around the league that the Pistons would trade him if they could — and “could” is the key word. Since Smith is in the first year of a four-year, $56 million deal, he is one of the most untradable players in the league.
Untradable, perhaps. Then again, there’s probably someone out there dumb enough to take a chance at him. Plus, if the Pistons could figure out how to trade Smith, they could probably use that money to pay and keep Greg Monroe. But that’s a huge “if”.