(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Pistons have officially made a splash in free agency as they’ve signed former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith to a four-year contract.
Smith’s deal with the Pistons is reportedly for $56 million. The Pistons were said to be targeting Smith from the start of free agency.
This is a big signing for a Pistons team that has struggled in recent years. Despite having a young and promising front-court duo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Hawks feel that Smith is a good fit for their team.
Smith has played the majority of his career as a power forward, but that could change. Some have already predicted that either Monroe will move to the bench, or Smith will move over to the 3 spot in the lineup.
The 27-year-old Smith spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Hawks after being selected 17th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Smith averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Hawks last season.
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