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Josh Smith is not a small forward. Repeat: Josh Smith is not a small forward.
The Detroit Pistons decided to give Smith $56 million over four years anyway, despite the fact that Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond probably can't take the floor together if spacing is at all considered.
The likely outcome of this signing is that Drummond will be buried in the rotation and not get all the minutes he should in order to develop. That's a shame.
Although Smith is a very good passer and defender, his shot selection leaves a whole lot to be desired. Will Smith help Monroe and Drummond develop? Possibly, but not if he's taking their minutes or chucking up shots as a small forward with no range, and those seem to be the two likeliest outcomes.
Ultimately, though, the big problem is general manager Joe Dumars pushing in his chips far too early. With an incredibly young roster nowhere near title contention, the Pistons should have grown slowly, together, while compiling assets for the future and maintaining flexibility.
Instead, Smith's contract and poor fit could end up stunting the natural progression of the Pistons franchise.