When Josh Smith was a member of the Atlanta Hawks, he seemed to be the pipe dream of many Sacramento Kings fans. Of course, that pipe dream quickly turned into a nightmare last season as Smith, who signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons last offseason, quickly became a dud in Motown.
With his price at an all-time low, could the Sacramento Kings have interest in Smith? That’s the word from ESPN’s Marc Stein who says the two teams have discussed a trade involving Smith.
“One source insists nothing imminent, but I’m told Pistons and Kings have discussed a trade that would send Josh Smith to Sacramento.”
Smith still has three years and $40.5 million dollars remaining on his four-year contract, so such a trade would likely force the Pistons to take back significant salary from the Kings. Given that, it seems rather odd that the Kings would want to add his contract to their books considering they’re already paying a significant amount for their current core. Josh Smith is also a rather inefficient player which doesn’t seem to jive with what the Sacramento front office is attempting to build, so given everything the deal seems rather odd to say the least.
It’s very possible that the Pistons, looking to shed salary, are trying to create a market for Smith and are using Sacramento to garner up interest as they already appear to have buyers remorse on his albatross of a contract, understandably.
I have a pretty difficult time believing any such deal would happen.