Josh Smith met with Detroit, Boston Celtics in pursuit
Josh Smith has been a player of much debate among Celtics fans. Some would love to bring Smith in to Boston and watch him and his best friend Rajon Rondo connect on alley-oops all game. Others? They're fine without him.
Smith is commanding a max contract right now, something many are hesitant to give him. Currently, he's meeting with Detroit but the Celtics are also said to be in the mix.
The Detroit Pistons are meeting with Josh Smith tonight, as @WojYahooNBA tweeted. The Boston Celtics are also expected to pursue Smith.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2013
According to reports, Josh Smith's meeting was "productive" with Detroit. Will he be visiting Boston next?
Personally, I wouldn't be behind a Josh Smith signing. He isn't a great enough player to deserve a max contract. I understand that just because the Celtics are rebuilding, doesn't necessarily mean they are going to be tanking, but signing a contract that large doesn't make sense given the direction Boston seems to be going after jettisoning their coach, Doc Rivers, and two aging super stars, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
There is a case to be made for Smith's signing in Boston though. One, the team would be 10x more entertaining to watch next year. While we think of all of the logical decisions the team has to make inorder to move forward and contend for a championship, it sometimes becomes a second thought that we'll actually be watching this team next year. It'd be nice if that was a fun experience.
On the other hand, having a Josh Smith-Rondo pairing might make the Celtics more of an appealing destination for free-agents. Remember, it took Ray Allen to get Kevin Garnett to come. Of course, if Smith is signed to a max contract, that crop of free-agents becomes very limited.