Well I know a lot of people are bummed about the news that Josh Smith is "the number 1 PF," and I saw this idea on ESPN but can not find the link but maybe it was this, even though I don't have ESPN Insider, http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rumors/post?id=20694&ex_cid=espnapi_public.It works in the trade machine http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine, and according to Sporting News writer Sean Devaney it could be enticing to New Orleans because:
The Pelicans are desperately seeking frontcourt help, particularly a center they can put next to blossoming star Anthony Davis. New Orleans sent Robin Lopez to Portland in the offseason as part of the deal that landed them Evans, but have not been able to replace him. For the last four games, coach Monty Williams has gone with Alexis Ajinca, signed from the French League last month, as his starting center. Additionally, the Pelicans have been without power forward Ryan Anderson for the last three games, as he recovers from a herniated disc suffered in a head-to-head collision with Gerald Wallace last week. Even when healthy, though, Williams prefers to bring Anderson’s scoring punch off the bench. The lineup that has those three (Gordon, Holiday, Evans) on the floor with Davis and Anderson is easily the Pelicans’ best offensively, averaging 1.25 points per possession according to 82games.com, but is its second-worst lineup defensively (1.20 points per possession).Smith clearly isn't a center but he would provide the defensive boost that the Pelicans front court could use. (He has a much better career block, steal, and defensive rebound percentage than Ryan Anderson.) I know its not a great contract (Eric Gordon's), that we don't get our draft pick back, (if we don't ever get that pick back come join me on the Corey Jefferson from Baylor Detroit Pistons 2nd round pick 2014 Bandwagon!), and it doesn't fill our need for a SF, but we would get some better shooting efficiency: Gordon TS% .546, eFG%.501 Smith TS% .462, eFG%.439 and someone who can contribute assists and steals like Smith assist %: Gordon 15.2 Smith 15.7 steal %: Gordon 2.2 Smith 2.2 Also Gordon's contract could end 1-2 years earlier than Smith (1 year for sure, 2 if he doesn't enact his player option.) So any thoughts DBB, a shooter with a shorter bad contract for one of the most divisive Pistons ever?
Hat tip to Kellen Moore Is Our Savior? and cheesus crackers for coming up with this idea earlier and independent of this post. Which I came to realize after I published this.