Josh Smith agrees to deal with Detroit
Forward played nine seasons in Atlanta,and reportedly gets four-year, $56 million deal
Seattle TImes news services
The Josh Smith era in Atlanta is over.
The Hawks forward has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, according to WSB.
Smith played all nine seasons with his hometown Hawks, who selected him with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. He is ranked in the top 10 in most of the Hawks’ all-time statistical categories, including games, points and rebounds.
Smith could have received a maximum deal of five years and $94 million from the Hawks. The unrestricted free agent could have signed with another team for a maximum of four years and $70 million.
The Hawks, meanwhile, have agreed to contracts with free-agent forwards Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll.
• Shaquille O’Neal said the Los Angeles spotlight was too bright for Dwight Howard.
Speaking at Daytona International Speedway, Shaq hammered his former rival as if they were battling in the post.
“It was expected,” O’Neal said. “We’ve all been in L.A., and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.”
• Power forward Carl Landry and Sacramento agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $26 million.
Landry’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said that final details of the contract were still being worked out and it could reach $27 million over the life of the deal.
• A person familiar with the negotiations said the Cleveland Cavaliers and free-agent guard Jarrett Jack have agreed to a four-year contract.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not yet been announced, said Jack’s deal is worth $25 million and includes a team option in the final year.
• A person close to the negotiations said the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a contract with free-agent small forward Dorell Wright, who played last season with the Philadelphia 76ers.