As we all know, Joe Dumars recently signed Josh Smith to a 4-year/ $56 million contract. Most of us were left speechless and surprised, and not in a good way. I for one hate this signing as it makes no sense to me. I recently looked at the advanced stats of Rodney Stuckey, Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond and not a single player shot 40% from anywhere besides the restricted area and J-Smoove was by no means an exception. His numbers were atrocious from outside the restricted area. So why did Joe Dumars sign Josh Smith? Why did he pass on so many players like JJ Redick, O.J Mayo, Kevin Martin, and other shooters that would spread the floor or a point guard like Jarrett Jack? Most of really don't know, myself included. However, I think this was all part of a plan Joe Dumars had for who he wants for this offseason. This plan was constructed before the draft. So lets go back to June 27th where Joe Dumars also created a lot of noise.
Draft day 2013 was as crazy of a draft that I have ever seen. It started with a shocker with the Cleveland Cavaliers taking Anthony Bennett 1st overall. This led to a domino effect of crazy draft picks. We saw Nerlens Noel fall to 6th, Ben McLemore fall to 7th, and the beloved Trey Burke fall to 9th. It seemed like most GMs didn't follow their plans when it came to draft night except one man--Joe Dumars. Joe Dumars picked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over the hometown player Trey Burke. It would've been easy to draft Trey Burke. He's a guy that would fill up some more seats in the Palace, make fans believe in Dumars again, and probably would've taken Joe D off the hot-seat a little bit. But he didn't pick him, he went with his plan to pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP is a guy who fits what Detroit needs--a shooter.
The draft was the first part of the offseason plan for Joe Dumars. Now we go into the the more complex part of his plan. We go into the free agency with loads of talent everywhere, and over $20 million dollars to spend. Joe Dumars likely wanted redemption for the free agent mistakes of 2009. It was evident even before the first day of free agency, Joe Dumars wanted to make a splash. According to ,GMA Network the Pistons met with Josh Smith on June 30th, the day before free agency. This also led to a whirlwind of rumors including the Pistons meeting with Andre Iguodala and the offer of Charlie V and Rodney Stuckey for Rudy Gay. It's a lot to digest but lets look at what happened. Joe Dumars was the first in line to meet with Josh Smith. Not O.J Mayo, not JJ Redick, Josh Smith. Because of that, I think it's fair to say that Josh Smith was part of the plan. Perhaps Iguodala was the plan B, but Josh Smith was the man Joe wanted this summer. Again, why? I don't have a clue but it was part of his plan. Joe Dumars didn't enquire about JJ Redick who the bucks traded for nearly nothing (see the trade here), he went for Josh Smith.
So to try to tie all the pieces together here, Joe Dumars is going through this offseason with a plan. He first went with KCP over Trey Burke so he could add shooting to the roster, then he went for Josh Smith even before free agency started for a reason(s) I don't yet know of. However it is clear there was a reason(s). Maybe he thought he could make Josh Smith into an efficient small forward that we need. Maybe he is plans on using him to attract other free agents of the future. Perhaps this plan isn't finished yet, maybe there is one more splash waiting to happen before the year starts. The Pistons have a roster full of tradable assets, as well as $8 million to spend so essentially anything can happen.