(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Pistons cut ties with forward Josh Smith on Monday. The 10-year NBA veteran had two years with at least $26 million remaining on his contract, according to ESPN.
In 28 games this season, Smith was averaging 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 39 percent from the field. Last season, he shot 42 percent from the field.
“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” said Pistons head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy in a statement.
“We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.”
Smith was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. During his career, he has averaged 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
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