The free-agency period began at 12:01 Monday morning, and Josh Smith is already in talks with other teams.
Smith began his day meeting with the Pistons in a get-together described as “productive” by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. No deals were made, although GM Joe Dumars was said to have a “substantial four-year offer” planned out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. However, Aldridge tweeted on the matter that the meeting was more-so an attempt at each side “feeling out” the other. It is not surprising that no offer was made on Smith yet, given the Pistons reported interest in Denver’s Andre Iguodala as well.
Smith also set to meet with the Rockets Monday, a team who view’s him as a bit of insurance should they fail to secure Dwight Howard. The Rockets have been shopping free-agent Omer Asik, and given the Atlanta’s desire for a defensive center, he would likely be a main trade chip in any potential deal. The Hawks seem a lot more willing to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal with another team rather than signing Smith back outright.
That said, Spears tweeted earlier today that Smith will end Monday meeting with Atlanta. The Hawks remain the best financial option for Smith because the team can offer him a longer deal for more money than any other team. However, it is still unclear whether the Hawks have any interest in bringing Smith back. It’s possible his meeting with the team tonight could be solely to report back on the two other meetings. It is unlikely a deal will be made for Smith any time too soon, but stay tuned for updates.