While not quite as high-profile as Dwight Howard, Josh Smith was still one of this offseason’s biggest free-agent catches and on Saturday he found a new home.
According to ESPN.com, Smith and the Detroit Pistons have agreed on a four-year, $56 million contract. Although Smith can’t ink the deal until July 10 – when the NBA will begin authorizing player trades and free-agent signings – his agent, Brian Dyke, confirmed the deal.
Smith strongly considered returning to the Atlanta Hawks – where he spent the past nine seasons – and also looked at the Houston Rockets as a possible landing spot, but settled with Detroit after receiving a more lucrative offer.
With the Pistons, he’ll also have more of a chance to shine as an offensive star. He averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this past season with Atlanta, which is the type of production Detroit desperately needed, as it finished the 2012-2013 regular season ranked 22nd in the league in scoring.
The Pistons went into this offseason with more than $20 million in cap space and although they used most of it on landing Smith, they could go out and get another solid player to fill out their ever-changing roster.
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