Josh Smith, at 6-foot-9, 225 pounds and with springs for legs, was one of the premiere names on the free agent market this offseason. However, the majority of the league was waiting on how the Dwight Howard sweepstakes was going to play out before pouncing on the high-flying forward.
While rumors had been running rampant that Smith was going to be joining Howard in Houston, Saturday’s big announcement put such talk to rest.
Smith is leaving Atlanta, where he had spent his entire career to date, for the Detroit Pistons. ESPN has the details of Smith’s multi-million dollar deal.
THIS JUST IN: Josh Smith has agreed to a 4-year, $56 million deal with @detroitpistons, according to ESPN & media reports.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 6, 2013
Smith averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game during the 2012-13 season, his ninth in the league. All of those numbers were commensurate with or better than his career marks of 15.3/8.0/3.2/2.1.
The 27-year old Smith will be teaming up with Andre Drummond, Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and rookie Kentavius Caldwell-Pope to form the nucleus of a team that will be looking to make the playoffs in 2013-14 after a few disappointing seasons.