Report: Pistons Told Josh Smith He’s Not on the Trade Block

by July 21, 2014

Detroit Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy has reportedly talked to Josh Smith about the latest trade rumors, assuring the veteran forward that nothing of consequence is brewing between the Pistons and Sacramento Kings. Per Yahoo!:

Sacramento had made calls about Smith in June, but Detroit never heard an offer that remotely interested them and never seriously engaged in discussions, sources said.


Since his hiring in the spring, Van Gundy has had productive discussions with Smith and sources say that Smith has been enthusiastic about moving forward with Van Gundy as coach.


Smith could return to a frontcourt that includes forward Greg Monroe, who is a restricted free agent this summer. The Pistons have been willing to engage teams in sign-and-trade scenarios for Monroe, but those talks have gained little traction, sources said.