Pistons and Kings once again talking Josh Smith trade



In the early morning hours Thursday news broke that the Pistons and Kings were once again discussing a trade involving forward Josh Smith. ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report the news while also mentioning that the two sides were looking for a third team to help facilitate the deal.

The Pistons and Kings were first discussing a possible deal involving Smith just prior to this past NBA Draft but were unable to come to terms on an agreement. During those talks Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams were the rumored pieces going the other way in the deal which also seems to be the case this time around. 

Here’s more from Stein on the potential deal between Detroit and Sacramento:

The Detroit Pistons and the Sacramento Kings have resumed trade discussions on a deal that could send Josh Smith to Sacramento, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings have continued to express interest in Smith and the parties are on the hunt for a third team to could help facilitate the deal.


Sources say the Kings continue to give the addition of Smith serious consideration, largely because the discussions to date have not required them to part with any players in their long-term plans and would also add a versatile and athletic defender to a roster that badly needs one, given how much Kings coach Mike Malone is known to preach defense.

Meanwhile, Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News tweets Smith’s status with new head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy as well as the seemingly Kings front office that’s at odds over the deal.

Stay tuned for more news as it becomes available.

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