The Kings reportedly re-approached the Pistons about the idea of trading for Smith a few days ago, but nothing materialized further than just interest — or revisiting said interest.
And now Pistons President and head coach Stan Van Gundy has apparently told Smith that he isn’t going anywhere, despite numerous reports that would potentially say otherwise.
Stan Van Gundy reached out to forward Josh Smith to tell him that reports of the franchise engaging in substantive trade talks with Sacramento centered on Smith have been inaccurate and – barring an unexpected turn of events – Smith will be in training camp with the Pistons this fall, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sacramento had made calls about Smith in June, but Detroit never heard an offer that remotely interested them and never seriously engaged in discussions, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Since his hiring in the spring, Van Gundy has had productive discussions with Smith and sources say that Smith has been enthusiastic about moving forward with Van Gundy as coach.
Perhaps Stan Van Gundy can do a bit more with the combination of Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond than his predecessor was able to do last season. The trio (of Monroe, Drummond and Smith) had a point differential of minus-6.5 per 48 minutes last season.
Smith has three years, $40 million left on his contract. He averaged 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season for the Pistons.