No one can say the Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars lets salary cap money burn a hole in his pocket. This time, however, he may have gotten a little better value for his money than in the recent past. Adrian Wojnarowski Yahoo! Sports tweeted details of the deal for forward Josh Smith.
Josh Smith has agreed to a four year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
A seemingly annual All-Star snub, the nine-year veteran has career averages of 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 blocks. Even at a near maximum dollar contract, Smith is good value.
The 27-year-old rarely misses games and will provide a huge talent boost on a Pistons team nearly devoid of veteran leadership. Smith had the advantage of playing off established players like Al Horford and Joe Johnson over the years in Atlanta and was used to 50-win seasons. The situation in Detroit is far different. The young up and coming talent in Detroit will be looking for leadership from Smith next season and if Smith can deliver, the Pistons odds of returning to the postseason will improve dramatically.
Joe Dumars still has more room under the salary cap to add talent to the Pistons roster. Hopefully his next move is as impactful as this one.