Breaking down five possible deals
How would Josh Smith fit with the Pistons? Where will Greg Oden land?
We're only three days into free agency, and reports are pouring in with verbal agreements for trades and signings as the NBA landscape shifts and teams begin to separate themselves into those seeking immediate impacts and those planning for the future.
Here is a roundup of five deals at varying stages of completion. Remember, nothing is signed on paper until at least July 10, so any agreed upon deal is tentative in nature at best. (Click here for analysis of five additional deals.)
Josh Smith to the Detroit Pistons
Terms: 4 years, salary unknown
WHY IT WORKS: As one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, Detroit would get a major upgrade with Smith as a versatile defensive player. Offensively, he can play the wing or spell at power forward, making him a flexible option to play alongside Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the frontcourt.
WHY IT DOESN'T: Depending on the money committed, Smith might not be the best fit. He's not a natural leader yet presumably would be paid to be the head vet in the locker room. Offensively, he doesn't have the most efficient floor game, and it would be hard to see who on that roster would be able to compel him to make the necessary changes. Even so, as a small forward, he would pose some spacing concerns.
VERDICT: Without a dollar amount, it's tough to judge this one. Stay tuned.
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