Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars met with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. ET with a plan to make the free agent forward a substantial four-year offer, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Along with re-signing point guard Jose Calderon, Smith is the Pistons’ top priority on the market, league sources told Y! Sports.
The Pistons planned to make a preemptive strike on Smith, understanding that he’s a secondary priority for several teams awaiting the resolution of the Dwight Howard derby, sources said.
Oh boy. Earlier, I explained why this could happen, and now it’s happening. Oh boy.
Smith is a huge talent upgrade, but he comes with all types of attitude and fit questions that we’ll continue to get into as the night progresses.
Update: Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:
Just asked a source if the #Pistons will offer Josh Smith the max, the answer: "Absolutely not."
There’s still a huge gap between a reasonable offer to Smith and a max contract, but I guess this an encouraging update.
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