Josh Smith will become a Detroit Piston in two days and few people could be happier about it than Andre Drummond. Drummond, the Pistons' second-year center, clearly was thrilled not only to get some help up front, but in particular from Smith, who figures to start at small forward next season but also play extensively at power forward. "Knowing that we were going after him and he was interested, it's great that he wants to be part of our team, because he sees something that those other guys (free agents) didn't," Drummond said. Pistons brass is prohibited from discussing Smith's impending signing until Wednesday, when the NBA's 10-day moratorium expires and teams can resume the business of formally signing and trading players. But players operate under no such restrictions and Drummond said he and his teammates are overjoyed to add a high-caliber free agent. "Josh Smith, we all know him," Drummond said. "He's a great player. He creates shots for himself and also his teammates. He's just a big guard." "It's going to freak a lot of people out. They're not going to want to come in our lane with Moose (Greg Monroe), myself and him down in the paint." The Pistons made overtures to Toronto about trading for small forward Rudy Gay and also met with Andre Iguodala before he agreed to leave Denver for a free-agent deal with Golden State. Of the remaining free agents on the market, the Pistons ultimately landed the biggest name whose destination was considered uncertain.
Andre Drummond: Josh Smith saw something in Detroit Pistons that other free agents didn't
Michigan Live | Jul 8