Josh Smith F DET 1 Month

Smith started at small forward in Wednesday's preseason win over the Hornets. He finsihed with 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 FT, 1-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

The Pistons have used a different starting lineup in each of their four preseason tilts. Smith has been a part of the starting unit in three of the fours games, but Wednesday marked his first starting appearance at small forward. He was joined by Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the starting frontcourt, which is the same disastrous starting lineup Detroit rolled out for the majority of the 2013-14 campaign. It remains unlikely that both Smith and Monroe will be a part of the starting lineup this season, but both big men will continue to see heavy minutes.

Josh Smith F DET 1 Month

Smith (groin) did not practice Saturday, MLive.com reports.

Smith's absence seems to have been more about maintenance, as the ailment was described as just "slight" groin tightness, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Pistons took further precaution and held him out of Sunday's exhibition. Greg Monroe would presumably get the start in his place.

Josh Smith F DET 2 Months

Smith and Greg Monroe are expected to battle for the starting power forward job this preseason, the Detroit Free Press reports.

After Smith's disastrous turn as the Pistons' primary small forward last season, new head coach Stan Van Gundy isn't expected to run out a starting lineup of Smith, Monroe and Andre Drummond in the front court. Drummond is a lock to start at center, leaving Smith and Monroe to battle for the power forward gig. Van Gundy hasn't tipped his hand in either direction yet, but the fact that Smith holds a long-term contract with the Pistons while Monroe will hit free agency after the season could factor into the decision. Monroe will also open the season serving a two-game suspension, so a final decision may not become apparent until the Pistons' third game of the regular season. While a starting gig would make Smith slightly more appealing, he's still expected to log heavy minutes if he ends coming off the bench.

Josh Smith F DET 2 Months

Smith intends to avoid the three-ball and place his offensive focus in the post during the 2014-15 season, the FOX Sports Detroit reports.

After inking a four-year, $56 million contract with the Pistons last summer, Smith proceeded to gun from the outside, putting up a career-high 265 attempts from beyond the arc. Because he couldn't surpass his career mark -- 28 percent versus 26 in 2013-14 -- new coach and general manager Stan Van Gundy has seemingly convinced the forward that the team is best served if Smith focuses his efforts near the paint. The last season in which more than half of his shots occurred at the rim was 2009-10 -- 616 of 999 -- which is unlikely to come to pass next to Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. However, a modest change in Smith's shot selection should result in a rebound of his shooting percentage, which has historically resided in the mid-40s but fell to a career-worst 42 percent last year.

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Coach Stan Van Gundy assured Josh Smith "he's likely to remain with the Pistons," according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Kings are reportedly after Josh Smith, but nothing is imminent. The Pistons still haven't made a decision on Greg Monroe, but he should sign an offer sheet in the very near future. Chances are both Monroe and Smith won't be back next season.

Josh Smith F DET 4 Months

There are "no legs" on a deal involving Josh Smith being sent to the Kings, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Kings sound interested in Smith because they need a power forward, but they don't have much to offer in return. Smith isn't a great fit with the Pistons and coach Stan Van Gundy's system, so the right deal would certainly get it done.

Josh Smith F DET 4 Months

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has met with Josh Smith, but wouldn't make any promises about keeping him.

The Pistons have reportedly re-opened discussions on a trade that would send Smith to the Sacramento Kings to play alongside Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. While it's currently unclear what the Pistons would get back in this scenario, Van Gundy reportedly wants good value in return in addition to moving Smith's albatross of a contract. A frontcourt of Gay, Smith, and Cousins would have a wide range of potential outcomes, but Smith struggled in his first season in Detroit and a move to Sacramento would likely help Smith improve his 2013-14 averages of 16.4 points, 6.8 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks while shooting a career-low 41.9% from the field.

Josh Smith F DET 4 Months

The Pistons and Kings are talking about a trade for Josh Smith again and are looking for a third team to join the party, according to ESPN.

Whether Smith can perform/exist alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay is a big question, but it doesn't sound like the Kings would have to part with any key components to get him. You also have to think the Kings are still interested in acquiring Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who happens to be good buddies with Smith. If the Pistons can manage to ship Smoov out of town, it would open things up for Greg Monroe, as well. As of right now it appears that these are just preliminary discussions, but you have to think the Pistons are highly motivated to move Smith, and the Kings would look formidable on paper with a front line of Smith, Cousins and Gay.

Josh Smith F DET 5 Months

Andre Drummond said coach Stan Van Gundy "knows that Josh [Smith] is better off at the four."

"It comes down to who's going to start the game," Drummond said. "And it doesn't really matter who starts and ends, it matters who wins the game." This isn't really an Earth-shattering update and everyone knows Josh Smith as a small forward just didn't work. The Pistons have to be at least looking to make a deal and the Kings have been the most closely linked to J-Smoove.

Josh Smith F DET 5 Months

A sign-and-trade deal involving Josh Smith and Isaiah Thomas "may be in the works," according to Grantland.com.

The Pistons are believed to be interested in signing the restricted free agent while Greg Monroe reportedly wants to see Smith get traded. The Smith signing did not go well and the Pistons weren't a very efficient offense while their defense wasn't great either.