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ESPN.COM reports that the Detroit Pistons have signed free agent Josh Smith to a 4-year-deal worth $56 million. Smith also considered the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets. Early speculation had Smith going to Houston in a sign and trade to join newly acquired Dwight Howard, but an offer was never made.
Reportedly close friend, Rajon Rondo, had pushed the Celtics front office to acquire Smith, but no deal was ever seriously considered. With the Celtics recently taking on Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace’s large contracts, the team’s management simply did not feel comfortable paying a player of Smith’s caliber big money. Josh Smith will bring his big play potential and ability to score at any given time to Detroit, but he will also bring bad decision making and a turnover prone style of play with him as well.
The Pistons will likely start Josh Smith with Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Brandon Knight, and recent draft pick, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. If the Pistons are able to build chemistry around Josh Smith and use him effectively, then they might be able to sneak into the playoffs with a 7th of 8th seed in the Eastern Conference in 2013.