from today's Zach Lowe column:
"In a broader sense, the Pistons are doing interesting stuff. They’ve reportedly inquired about Isaiah Thomas, a bold move for a team that just locked up Brandon Jennings last summer. But Jennings was mostly bad, and creative front offices don’t just shrug and give up after allotting significant money to a guy at one position — especially when that contract only runs two more seasons.
Reading between the lines, a sign-and-trade involving Thomas and Josh Smith may be in the works, and multiple sources say Monroe’s camp has made it known Monroe will sign the one-year qualifying offer if Smith remains on the roster. Monroe’s camp denies that, and that kind of empty threat is not atypical from top restricted free agents. It’s really their only form of leverage."
this is the first I have heard of this "he goes or I go" rumor, and naturally went straight to the trade machine. I know there are other trade ideas floating around...in this one, I tried to be as generous to the kings as possible, because it's worth it just to get smith traded. here goes:
PISTONS GET: isaiah (signed to reported 3 year / 24 mil contract), jason thompson, derrick williams
KINGS GET: smith, jonas, MFWB
WHY IT IS GOOD FOR THE KANGS: thompson has 2 years left, and williams has a large cap hold next summer. so I assumed they would prefer to trade those guys for expiring deals (jonas, MFWB), rather than trading their lesser players on expiring deals (terry, outlaw). sacto would be left with ray mccallum as their only point guard, but even so probably would not want jennings. even after trading thompson and williams they would still have about 9 power forwards.