NBA Trade Rumors: Josh Smith, Rodney Stuckey Could Play With Trey Burke In Utah

Feb 12, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Earl Clark (6) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons acquired free agent forward Josh Smith during a busy offseason. At the time the deal received rave reviews from pundits and on paper looked like the Detroit front court was going to be an unstoppable force.

Well the Josh Smith experiment hasn’t worked out for the Pistons and now the Pistons are just as anxious to get Smith out-of-town as they were to bring him in.

The Pistons would love to trade Josh Smith but with his new four-year 13.5 million dollar contract the suitors for Josh Smith will be few and far between.

However after extensive brainstorming using ESPN’s  NBA Trade Machine and a little common sense, the Utah Jazz look to be a possible landing spot for Smith and the expiring contract of Rodney Stuckey.

The Jazz are carefully rebuilding through the draft but acquiring Josh Smith could help them speed up that process. The Jazz will be looking for a free agent forward in the upcoming offseason  considering their entire front court are on expiring deals.

The Jazz will be looking for a free agent forward in the upcoming offseason  considering their entire front court are on expiring deals.

And that is where Rodney Stuckey comes in.

Smith will definitely eat up some of the valuable cap space for the Jazz but Rodney Stuckey’s expiring deal will help them preserve that space for next season.

In exchange for the services of Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey the Pistons will acquire Utah SF Richard Jefferson and C Andris Biedrins. The pair have expiring deals that will not disrupt the Pistons planned cap space for next season.

Its a Win-Win!

The trade could help both teams this season as well. Josh Smith will solidify a roster spot for the Jazz over the next couple of seasons and him to build chemistry with Trey Burke.  Josh Smith will be a big target for point guard Trey Burke looking for a scoring option in the low post.

The trade helps the Pistons by ridding themselves of the controversy surrounding Josh Smith in the front court. It also creates a more favorable rotation at the small forward position between Richard Jefferson and Kyle Singlar. Andris Biedrins has an expiring contract and could serve as a natural back-up to center Andre Drummond.

 

Topics: Detroit Pistons, Josh Smith, Richard Jefferson, Rodney Stuckey

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  • Rob Johnson

    How is this a trade “rumor” if you just made it up on the trade machine? lol

    • Tony Fischer

      How do you think rumors start?

    • Tony Fischer

      How do you think rumors start?

  • pie

    Sorry to disappoint you, but nobody in Jazz land would ever go for this trade.

    • Tony Fischer

      Well we can dream can’t we?

    • Tony Fischer

      we can all dream can’t we/

  • Christos Pappas

    After watching how Josh has failed to mesh with Detroit’s 3-big rotation, why would Utah threaten the growth of their big men (Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter) like Detroit did with Monroe and Drummond. Waste of Cap Space when they do not need a power forward, and can spend it wiser in the offseason

    • Tony Fischer

      The Josh Smith experiment may have worked with the right coaching. And how would Smith adversely affect the development of their younger players? Favors is injured besides their development won’t be hampered if a proper rotation is used. Smith would fit their better than you would think.

    • Tony Fischer

      Favors and Kanter are another year away from carrying the load. Smith can play either small or big. Just ask him. Maybe after a couple of years Smith is some decent trade bait for Utah to get that final piece.

  • Fastfox

    I clicked on this thinking it was a possible rumor developing….however I stopped reading after you said: “However after extensive brainstorming using ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine and a little common sense, the Utah Jazz look to be a possible landing spot for Smith and the expiring contract of Rodney Stuckey.”

    Extensive brainstorming and a little common sense…right, because the Jazz acquiring Smith makes loads of sense when they are trying to preserve cap space and develop a team for 2-3 years down the road. Smith helps them how?

    • Tony Fischer

      Sounds like you read it pretty well. Smith gives them a short term scoring option while their other players develop.

    • Tony Fischer

      Sound like you read it pretty well. Smith can help the Jazz get some scoring while they wait for their younger players to develop. The Jazz are an NBA team, they can’t just go on losing and waiting.

      • aussiejazzfan

        I also want to know where does he get the info that the jazz front court are on expiring contracts. Nope they ain’t favors only just signed a new contract this season and kanter will get a new one very soon. Anywho not a good trade for the jazz

  • JBrown

    lol I am not sure that the Jazz would even dream of taking J Smith. The Jazz are one of the most conservative teams in the league and Josh Smith is beyond a gigantic risk.