Posted August 05, 2013

Court Vision: Josh Smith signing could cost Pistons a lottery pick in 2014

Detroit Pistons, Josh Smith, Rob Mahoney
Detroit's signing of Josh Smith could cost the Pistons a lottery pick. (Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By signing Josh Smith, the Pistons have put their 2014 first-round draft pick in further jeopardy. (Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

• Dan Feldman of PistonPowered adds another layer to his analysis of Detroit’s Josh Smith signing by examining the relevant implications for the Pistons’ 2014 first-round pick:

Generally, there’s little wrong with incremental improvements once a team has acquired young talent (like Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe) if it comes through that young talent developing and the outside addition of not-old talent (like Smith).

But the top-eight-protected first-round pick the Pistons owe the Bobcats next season complicates matters. The Pistons must time their surge forward in ways most teams needn’t worry about.

If the Pistons make the playoffs or land a top-eight draft pick, Smith, at least in that regard, would present no immediate downside. But for a team that picked eighth this year, Smith offering slight improvement could really set the Pistons back. Getting a pick between 9-14 and sending it to Charlotte, meaning the Pistons miss the playoffs, would be a disaster.

• Adam Morrison, just seven years after he was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick, is calling it a playing career and taking up coaching at Gonzaga.

• Own a piece of the title-christened hardwood floor from The House That Dirk Built.

• Word from new Nuggets GM Tim Connelly that Andre Miller will remain with the Nuggets, contrary to rumors saying otherwise (via Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post):

[Nate] Robinson, who averaged 13.1 points for the Chicago Bulls last season, should be expected to get key minutes off the bench. So what about Andre Miller? Asked if last season’s backup point guard will remain with the Nuggets, Connelly said “Absolutely.” He said he spoke with Miller, as well as the other guards, before signing Robinson.

• With most of the league settling in with rosters intact, next comes the fine-toothed analysis. Over at 48 Minutes of Hell, Matthew Tynan gets the ball rolling with a sound, hair-splitting evaluation of the differences between new Spur Marco Belinelli and soon-to-be-former Spur Gary Neal.

• Mike Prada takes a smart, multifaceted look at John Wall’s possible max extension, accounting for both market trends and the tangential repercussions of a quick deal.

• What is your favorite basketball shot?

• Some food for thought on the oft-praised intangible qualities that Mike Woodson brings to the table as head coach of the Knicks.

• Andrew Goudelock, one of the leading scorers of the Las Vegas Summer League, has agreed to a deal to play in Russia this season. According to Mark Medina, Goudelock’s situation aligns perfectly with this previously-linked piece on the summer-league process by Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside:

The fact of the matter is, with regard to international contract offers, players sometimes need to move quickly and take advantage of it sooner rather than later. At NBA Summer League last week, there were an array of scouts, coaches, and executives from overseas observing the talent present. They were all around, and could be seen talking to various agents about negotiating a contract for a player that was, at the time, going through Summer League motions with an NBA team.

Just how difficult is it to turn down guaranteed money? For some players, it’s indeed pretty tough if the only alternative to not making an NBA team is playing out a much less lucrative D-League contract. The international personnel at Summer League know this all too well, understand what’s at stake for the players, and use such information to their advantage.

8 comments
21GB
21GB

Yes, what I wish Feldman would have looked in to in this article is an explanation for why we traded BG and a 1st rounder in the first place.. we had the amnesty provision and didn't use it? We could have also moved BG this summer as an expiring deal for free. Why did we give away that pick? 

RobJohnson2
RobJohnson2

Dan Feldman is clueless.  Of course signing Smith cost them a lotto pick. Duh. They traded Ben Gordon and that lotto to get the money to sign Smith. What is story here and how is this news? That trade was over a year ago. People are just now realizing why they made that deal? sheesh

KeithLuckyLuccianoGastone
KeithLuckyLuccianoGastone

@RobJohnson2 I was just about to point it out too Rob. writers have no clue when it comes to correct information anymore. Just like those writers saying the Pistons are gonna trade for Jeremy Lin. People do know Lin is owed 40 million the next 2 years right? Just pure comedy.

RobJohnson2
RobJohnson2

Its no different than them trading Gordon + a future #1 pick straight to Atlanta for Smith last year. Which based on the production difference between Gordon and Smith, would've required adding in AT LEAST one high draft pick to compensate Atlanta for giving up a star like Smith for a bum like Gordon. ONLY having to give up 1 pick was a steal for the Pistons looking back on it.

eddie767
eddie767

@KeithLuckyLuccianoGastone Lin is owed $40 mil.over 2yrs.,but it'll only show as $16 mil.on the teams salary cap. I still don't understand why,but per CBA loophole that's the way it is. So to trade for him isn't going to kill your cap. Why someone would trade for him,that's another topic.

21GB
21GB

@RobJohnson2 You're correct in your reasoning, but Smith came for free. So while its no different than that, Atlanta didn't demand anything, so why did we give up anything to do it? We could have dumped Gordon's contract other ways.. (amnesty or waiting until this summer) Gores said he's willing to spend, but he's not willing to pay a contract that will save him a 1st rounder in a loaded class?