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Pistons busy, meeting with Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala
6:38 PM, Jul 1, 2013
11:16 PM, Jul 1, 2013
(WXYZ) - Let the games begin.
Detroit Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars met with unrestricted free agent forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. Monday. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Detroit is prepared to offer Smith, who was paid $13 million last season, a "substantial" four year contract.
Multiple sources, including Chris Broussard of ESPN, are reporting that the meeting was productive, though the Pistons offered no contract to Smith.
It's uncertain whether the Pistons will offer the 27-year-old a max deal.
Next up on the meetings list: Andre Iguodala, who Dumars was set to meet in Los Angeles. Yahoo! reports the Pistons met in hope of luring him away from returning to the Denver Nuggets. Iguodala, an NBA All-Star, is scheduled to meet with six teams throughout the day Monday.
Detroit is hoping that landing either Smith or Iguodala would accelerate the rebuilding process and give the Pistons the veteran star power they've been lacking since trading away five-time NBA All-Star guard Chauncey Billups in 2008 for Allen Iverson.
The Pistons are also preparing to re-sign point guard Jose Calderon, who Dumars has taken a considerable liking to. Calderon's predicted free agent value would see him offered a contract in the range of five years and $35 million.
Should Smith sign with Detroit, he would join forces with an already promising front court of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Smith averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assist per game last season in Atlanta and is widely considered to possess All-Star potential.
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