For the second time in as many weeks, alleged trade talks between the Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons regarding Josh Smith have fallen apart.
Who exactly is the instigator between the two sides is currently unknown as reporters have suggested talks were initiated from both front offices in addition to both front offices backing out of the deal. What we do know though is that there certainly appears to have been dialogue between the two franchises with Josh Smith being the centerpiece of the alleged trade.
A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation confirmed ESPN’s Marc Stein’s report that the Kings were interested in Smith. Another source said Thursday morning that there are “no legs” to the report — suggesting that nothing was imminent.
According to Vince Ellis, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is open to making a move involving Josh Smith though wants more assets than the ‘spare parts’ the Sacramento Kings are said to be offering.
Talks last month reportedly involved Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw which would allow Detroit to remove themselves from the albatross of a contract which they signed Smith to during the 2013 offseason.
It’s also been reported that Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro isn’t a huge fan of the deal, though at this point it’s hard to know what’s legit and what’s pure speculation.
For now it appears the second revival of the Josh Smith to Sacramento trade talk is dead.