Let's start with a disclaimer, shall we?
Rumors aren't fact. They're rumors—substantiated or baseless babble that is often passed off as truth. Yet even the most credible sources and reports are pure speculation until proven otherwise. Just because a player is mentioned in a rumor—or this slideshow—doesn't mean he'll be traded.
Now, onto Josh Smith's future with the Detroit Pistons.
The Pistons have already dangled Smith in negotiations with the Sacramento Kings. They talked shop leading up to the NBA draft and resumed their closed-door confab shortly thereafter, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
Talks have gone nowhere, nor has another interested party emerged from the fray, and it's not hard to see why. There are 40.5 million reasons why Smith is still with the Pistons. Teams aren't foaming at the mouth over a player with a gory shot selection, stigma-stained reputation and $40.5 million left on his contract.
Bet your bottom dollar that this won't stop the Pistons from trying to move J-Smoove. Not as long as Greg Monroe is still on the restricted free-agent market and/or calls Detroit home.
"Detroit knows they’d rather have him (Greg Monroe) than Josh Smith as their starting power forward," BasketballInsiders.com's Joel Brigham writes, "but they’re having a hard time dumping off one of the worst contracts in basketball."
Overpaid or not, Smith still carries near-star clout. Blame that on him surpassing per-game benchmarks of 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, three assists and two blocks through the first 10 years of his career. Only four players have done that in NBA history. Smith is one; Tim Duncan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and David Robinson are the others.
With that being said, rival general managers and team presidents should feel free to hit Stan Van Gundy up on his 1991, limited edition, blue-green beeper (yeah, he looks like a pager guy).