Two years ago, the Pistons traded Ben Gordon and a first-round pick for Corey Maggette. The players were basically irrelevant, but their contracts were key. Because Maggette’s expired a year sooner, the Pistons got cap space last summer rather than in the upcoming summer.

They, of course, used it to sign Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract that doesn’t look so hot at the moment.

What if the Pistons could trade Smith for Gordon’s now-expiring contract? They might look a little foolish – that draft pick isn’t coming back – but they should at least consider it, right?

I guess not.