The Detroit Pistons have addressed their biggest need with one of the best free agents available.
Josh Smith and the Pistons have agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.
NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until Wednesday, when Smith is expected to sign his deal.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound small forward scored a team-high 17.5 points last season for Atlanta and also averaged 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals.
Smith has only played for his hometown Hawks, who drafted him No. 17 overall out of high school in 2004 – soon after the Pistons won their third championship.
He has averaged 15.3 points, eight rebounds and more than three assists, two blocks and a steal during his career, which has not included an All-Star appearance.
Smith had his best season – averaging career highs in points (18.8) and rebounds (9.6) – during the 2011-12 season.
In 52 playoff games over the last six postseasons, he averaged slightly more points and rebounds for the Hawks.
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Two people close to the negotiations said the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to contracts with free agents Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll. Millsap and Carroll played for the Utah Jazz last season. … The Cleveland Cavaliers and free-agent guard Jarrett Jack have agreed to a four-year contract. The 29-year-old Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists last season for Golden State. … The Sacramento Kings and Carl Landry have agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $26 million that will bring the power forward back to California’s capital city, where he played parts of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. … A person familiar with the situation said forward Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a one-year extension with the New Orleans Pelicans. … The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a contract with free-agent small forward Dorell Wright, who played last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. … The Utah Jazz signed draft picks Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert. Terms of both contracts were not released.
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