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Pistons waive F Smith 2 years into deal

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DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Josh Smith, less than two years after signing him to a lucrative free-agent contract.

The Pistons are 5-23 and coach and team president Stan Van Gundy says the club wants to develop younger players. He says he felt it best to give the 29-year-old Smith his freedom to go elsewhere.

Smith signed a $54 million, four-year deal with the Pistons before last season, but he shot only 42 percent from the field in 2013-14. This season, Smith is at 39 percent.


Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 DeAndre Jordan, LAC13.2
2 Andre Drummond, Det12.6
3 Nikola Vucevic, Orl11.8
4 Pau Gasol, Chi11.7
5 Tyson Chandler, Dal11.6
6 Zach Randolph, Mem11.4
7 Tim Duncan, SA11.0
8 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por10.7
9 Omer Asik, NO10.6
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
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2 DeAndre Jordan, LAC2.41
3 Serge Ibaka, OKC2.36
4 Tim Duncan, SA2.35
5 Andrew Bogut, GS2.20
6 Roy Hibbert, Ind2.00
6 Pau Gasol, Chi2.00
8 Andre Drummond, Det1.75
8 Rudy Gobert, Uta1.75
10 Josh Smith, Det1.71
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