The Detroit Pistons waived Josh Smith just earlier today.
Although he only had 2 years left in his $26 million contract, he will still get nothing but a chance to move onto another team, while the Pistons keep $40.5 million of what was left in his contract. According to Complex Magazine, this season was not looking so well for him at all:
The unholy marriage between Smith and the Pistons can be looked at as nothing other than an abject failure. Smith’s shooting percentages in Detroit during his season-and-change with the team were the worst of his career; last season, he attempted a career-high 265 three-point shots, making just 26 percent of them. Head coach Stan Van Gundy reined in Smith’s shot selection for the first 28 games of the 2014-15 season, but with the Pistons sitting at 5-23, Van Gundy, who also serves as the team’s GM, was forced to make a major move in order to shake-up the chemistry of the rotation. Smith’s release certainly qualifies.
Smith was notified earlier of the waiving and there was no big incident or blowup after he was told that he was being waved.
The following tweets were also made about his release:
A statement was also made by Head Coach + Team President Stan Van Gundy via ESPN:
“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,” coach and team president Stan Van Gundy said in a statement.
“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.”
Teams such as Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Clippers are the only teams that are looking to take him when waivers clear on Wednesday. But, according to ESPN.com, Smith is “the only NBA player to shoot below 40 percent on field goals and below 50 percent on free throws while taking at least 12 shots per game.”
So, we all shall see what happens and where he goes next, as well as how well he plays with the team that picks him up.