Covered at length here. Executives have mostly panned the Josh Smith signing, and as I made clear in that piece, some of that criticism has probably gone overboard. Giving Greg Monroe the max contract he’ll want next summer (or the max extension he wants now) makes even rival execs queasy — and it should — and the Pistons still have a lot of moves to make going forward. Smith’s contract doesn’t impair their flexibility in going about those moves, and he’s a quality piece.
There is a contingent of fans who don’t believe the media is capable of intelligent analysis (though I don’t know why those fans would be reading this site), and though I suppose those fans would argue Lowe has manipulated the facts or something else moronic, this comes from a source those fans would have more trouble refuting.
NBA executives mostly dislike the Pistons’ signing of Josh Smith. That stings to see written out.
Of course, Lowe didn’t conduct a scientific poll of front offices, and even NBA executives widely view the move as foolish, they’re not necessarily right.
But I do find it telling – and worrisome – that people in the highest levels of basketball analysis are against this signing.