Josh Smith released by Pistons
Stan Van Gundy has made his first major move with the Pistons.
The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Josh Smith, the team announced on Monday. According to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, the Pistons will use the stretch provision on Smith. Smith signed a four-year, $54-million deal signed in July, 2013. By using the stretch provision, Detroit will be able to spread out Smith’s remaining salary over the next five years.
In a statement released by the team, Pistons head coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy said, “Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction. We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.”
More to come.