12:28pm: The Cavs are not interested in Smith, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.
11:20am: Other teams say Pistons indeed shopping Josh Smith, but they’re demanding more than just dead expirings, tweets Zach Lowe of Grantland.com. It has been reported that Joe Dumars & Co. have been eager to deal the veteran forward but, so far, they have been unable to find a taker.
It’s safe to say that the Pistons are having a bit of buyer’s remorse when it comes to Smith. Detroit signed Smith to a hefty four-year, $54MM deal that could reach $56MM through incentives. After Dwight Howard and Chris Paul – universally regarded as free agents 1A and 1B came off the market – Smith was the top prize to be had for clubs with cap space. Today, they’d like to move on from the 28-year-old, but they want more than a salary cap reset.
While Smith is averaging a respectable 15.9 PPG and 7.0 RPG, he’s putting up career lows in field goal percentage (41.7%) and PER (14.8).