NBA notes: Josh Smith gets $54M deal with Pistons
The Detroit Pistons have addressed their biggest need with one the best free agents available.
Josh Smith and the Pistons have agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.
NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10, when Smith is expected to sign his deal.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound small forward scored a team-high 17.5 points last season for Atlanta and also averaged 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals.
Smith has only played for his hometown Hawks, who drafted him No. 17 overall out of high school in 2004 soon after the Pistons won their third championship.
He has averaged 15.3 points, eight rebounds and more than three assists, two blocks and a steal during his career, which has not included an All-Star appearance. Smith had his best season averaging career highs in points (18.8) and rebounds (9.6) during the 2011-12 season. In 52 playoff games over the last six postseasons, he averaged slightly more points and rebounds for the Hawks.
Around the league
Kings • With an aggressive new regime in place, Carl Landry and Sacramento agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $26 million that will bring the power forward back to California's capital city. Landry played parts of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with the Kings. The 29-year-old Landry averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench for the Warriors last season.
Cavaliers • A person familiar with the negotiations says Cleveland and free-agent guard Jarrett Jack have agreed to a four-year contract. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not yet been announced, says Jack's deal is worth $25 million and includes a team option in the final year. The 29-year-old Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists this season for Golden State.
Trail Blazers • The Philadelphia Inquirer reported unrestricted free agent Dorell Wright reached an agreement on a two-year, $6 million deal with Portland. The 6-foot-9 small forward averaged 9.2 points and shot 37.4 percent on 3-pointers during his lone year with the Sixers.
Pelicans • Al-Farouq Aminu agreed to a 1-year extension with New Orleans, a person familiar with the situation said. The extension was first reported by the Times-Picayune, which said the deal was for $3.7 million.
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