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2013 NBA Free Agency: Are the Pistons high on J.R. Smith?

One Smith down, one to go. Reports are mixed on the Pistons' interest in the moody shooting guard.


Good news, everyone!*

J.R. Smith, who has been previously linked to the Detroit Pistons as they look to build talent on the wings, is apparently not high on the Pistons' wish list.

Marc Berman of the New York Post (h/t to Piston Powered):

The under-the-cap Pistons have been mentioned as a potential big suitor for J.R. Smith, but a league source said Detroit's interest isn't strong.

When Joe Dumars shocked the world (aka Ann Arbor) by selecting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope instead of Michigan point guard Trey Burke, the surprise didn't come just because Burke is a really good player.

The Pistons, throughout the leadup to the draft, had been endlessly linked to the top point guards in the class, including Burke, C.J. McCollum and Michael Carter-Williams.

The news about the interest in Smith, a shooting guard who likes to shoot three pointers, came shortly before the draft as well.

After the selection of KCP, much was made of Dumars' purposeful deception. He met with the prospect but made KCP promise not to admit to it. And in his post-draft interview he talked about wanting to keep his cards close to the vest.

The thinking was that Dumars wanted to make sure the Minnesota Timberwolves, well known admirers of Caldwell-Pope, didn't think Detroit was interested and didn't feel they needed to trade up to get their man.

The fact that it was leaked that the Pistons were once interested in Smith and the subsequent news that, no, now they're not, plays right into that deception.

Dumars, you sneaky, sneaky devil.

*If a Professor Farnsworth picture isn't the first comment I see, I'm going to be sorely disappointed.

UPDATE: Maybe they are high on him?