Pistons free agency roundup: Josh Smith getting lucrative offer from Detroit? J.R. Smith and more!



With plenty of money to spend this offseason, the Pistons have seemingly been in on a fair share of free agents as the NBA shopping season starts full swing. The NBA gods know as well that the Pistons and especially Joe Dumars are in need of a successful and productive offseason that will both win games for Detroit and draw fans back to the Palace of Auburn Hills.

So with that said lets take a look at some of the latest rumblings surrounding the Pistons and Free Agency.

Josh Smith may become a very rich man with the Pistons

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported early Monday morning that the Pistons were hot after Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith and that the team was prepared to offer the free agent a very substantial contract offer.

Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars met with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. ET with a plan to make the free agent forward a substantial four-year offer, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Along with re-signing point guard Jose Calderon, Smith is the Pistons’ top priority on the market, league sources told Y! Sports.

The Pistons planned to make a preemptive strike on Smith, understanding that he’s a secondary priority for several teams awaiting the resolution of the Dwight Howard derby, sources said.

Money wise I’m assuming that Joe D would be offering money well beyond what Josh Smith is actually worth. This is considering the forward shot 71 percent in the restricted area but just over 30 percent anywhere else. Still he’s an overall talented player and would be an upgrade over what Detroit currently has. If he does sign with the Pistons, which by all account he will you can expect him to play small forward with Andre Drummond at center and Greg Monroe at power.

Andre Iguodala expected to meet with six teams

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent Andre Iguodala is expected to meet with six teams with one of those being the Detroit Pistons.

He’s expected to speak with the Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, a source told Yahoo! Sports.

New Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and general manager Tim Connelly will attend the team’s meeting with Iguodala. New Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro was assistant GM in Denver during Iguodala’s season there.

Iguodala opted out of making $16 million dollars next season with Denver for the security of a longer-term deal. It’s my prediction that he’ll eventually re-up with the Nuggets. He does however have ties with new Pistons head coach Mo Cheeks as he played for him during his time in Philadelphia.

Iguodala brings a good perimeter defense and a versatile set of skills on offense.

Could the Pistons swoop in and steal J.R. Smith away from the Knicks?

Sixth man of the year J.R. Smith will probably remain with the Knicks however there’s a chance that a second team could come in and steal him away from New York.

How is this possible? NBC Sports takes a look at this possible dilemma for the Knicks:

But there is a limit to how much they can offer him. The Knicks have Smith’s Early Bird rights (and are over the tax line), so they can only offer a deal for 175 percent of what he made last year (which would be $4.9 million) or they can offer just over the league average salary, which would be $5.4 million. The Knicks are expected to make a multi-year $5.4 million offer soon.

So who could potentially lure Smith away? Well the New York Post names the Pistons among other teams that can make the move based on available funds:

The Knicks believe odds are they will retain J.R. Smith, but it hardly is a guarantee considering the bevy of under-the-cap clubs and a weak free-agent class. The Bucks, Pistons and Suns are contemplating throwing money Smith’s way.

Again I assume he stays in New York but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with the Pistons and some of the other moves they’re looking to make before this.

Jose Calderon going back to the Pistons?

Looking as if they’d go with Brandon Knight at the point after not addressing the position in the first round of the Draft there’s been mention that the Pistons could be open to bringing back Jose Calderon for another year.

It’s not clear if he’d be coming off the bench or starting if the Pistons were to retain him going into 2013-14.


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