Detroit Pistons will sign Josh SmithPosted by Inside Hoops
The Josh Smith era in Atlanta is over.
The Hawks forward has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Pistons according to WSB.
Smith played all nine seasons with his hometown Hawks, who selected him with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He is ranked in the top 10 in most of the Hawks’ all-time statistical categories, including games, points and rebounds.
Smith could have received a maximum deal of five years and $94 million from the Hawks.
Reported by Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Detroit Pistons jumped into free-agency feet first after testing the waters, striking a deal with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million deal, sources tell the Detroit News.
The deal could rise to $56 million if Smith reaches performance incentives but for the moment, he’ll be making $13.5 million per season to play both forward spots for the Pistons, immediately turning them into a more athletic and dynamic team.
The Pistons were first at Smith’s door in Los Angeles at the dawn of free agency, at 12:01 AM Monday morning, making clear their intentions to be a real player in free agency with over $20 million in cap space.
Reported by Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News