Report: Pistons signing Ish Smith to three-year, $18 million contract
The Pistons badly needed a backup point guard.
They outscored opponents by 1.6 points per 100 possessions with Reggie Jackson on the floor and got outscored by 3.7 per 100 with Steve Blake, the second-string point guard after Detroit traded Brandon Jennings.
Enter Ish Smith.
Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:
Smith is an immediate upgrade. He uses his speed well to create scoring and passing opportunities. Defense is a bigger question, but beggars can’t be choosers.
This is also a fair price in this cap environment. There aren’t many decent point guards available, and the Pistons pounced on one they think fits.
Detroit has about $20 million left for other upgrades -- another big man or two, a scoring wing. This is the luxury Andre Drummond delaying his deal affords.
The Pistons’ bigger dream of Al Horford looks far less likely now. They already needed to clear a little cap space to offer his max, and now Smith’s salary also stands in the way. Either Detroit knew Horford was unlikely to sign, or there’s a plan to clear room if Horford shows interest.