Pistons, Smith agree to terms

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 7/11/2013 3:02 pm

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons have officially agreed to terms on a four-year deal with free agent forward Josh Smith.

His contract was finalized when the NBA's signing period for free agents and trades was lifted Wednesday. The deal will reportedly pay the 27-year-old Smith $56 million.

"He was the number one guy we were after in free agency," said Pistons' President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars. "We looked at all of the free agents out there who could elevate us and Josh checked out. We're extremely pleased.

"He plays both ends of the floor. He's had success both individually and team- wise in Atlanta. It's a good day for us. A very good day for the Pistons."

Smith was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by Atlanta, where he spent the first nine seasons of his career. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Hawks last season.

"I'm very excited," said Smith. "When I first met with Joe, he had me sold from the word 'go.' I've always wanted to be part of a good organization that has a lot of die-hard fans. I'm excited to be able to get things started. We have a lot of potential."

Smith will join an up-and-coming frontcourt in Detroit that includes forward- center Greg Monroe and center Andre Drummond. The Pistons selected Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the first round of this year's draft and he's expected to team with Brandon Knight, Detroit's first-round pick in 2011, in the back court.

"I see myself trying to fill that leadership role, be vocal and make sure we're going in the right direction," Smith said.

His name was bandied about in trade rumors over the past seasons, especially at the deadline. In February, it looked like the Hawks were going to ship Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks, but the deal never materialized.

Smith, who has never made an All-Star team, led the Hawks to three straight playoff appearances. He's averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.1 bpg in his nine- year career.

Smith is versatile, playing both forward spots. Following the 2009-10 season, he was named to the All-Defense Second team, although his reputation is someone who may settle for too many long-range jumpers.

After Dwight Howard, one of Smith's closest friends, and Chris Paul, Smith was perhaps the best available free-agent.

"This was my option. This is the team I wanted to play for," said Smith. "Everything else, I wasn't worried about it."

Share
Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.baylorschool.org/summer
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
www.STNS.org
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
www.bojangles.com
Click here to enter for your chance to win a Bojangles Breakfast Combo. Then, watch WDEF News 12 This Morning for daily winner announcements!
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.