The Pistons have been linked to Hawks forward Josh Smith and Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson; both are expected to be offseason targets of the Pistons, especially with so much cap space to play with.
I like Smith a great deal, but he’s a better power forward than small forward, and the Pistons have Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond locked in at the two big spots. Smith can play small forward, and – for the right price – I’d be fine with him there. But when the Pistons are competing with teams that want him as a power forward and are willing to pay him based on his value at that spot, the Pistons should probably pass.
Unlike Smith, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, Henderson is set to become a restricted free agent. Henderson would follow the
Austin Daye Walker Russell path of playing for the Pistons after their fathers did, but aside from that minor sentimental connection, I don’t see much value in Henderson. He’s an inefficient scorer and doesn’t do much else. He’s shooting 3-pointers better than ever, so that’s an intriguing sign of growth, but if the Pistons sign him, it should be only because they believe in what he will become, not what he is.