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We're well into August, so I figured it's time to peek at the Cold Stove that is Josh Smith's free agency news.
I turned to my trusted source... Google... and when I did a News search for "Josh Smith", 9 of the ten aggregated articles on the first page referred to either...
* Josh Smith, the junior wide receiver (above) at Tennessee. He gets his corn from a jar. Or...
* Josh Smith, a New Orleans-area high school defensive end who just committed to Missouri. S-E-C! Or...
* Josh Smith, a former Baton Rouge-area high school infielder who is playing summer ball in advance of his freshman season at LSU. S-E-C! S-E-C!
Even the grand content aggregator HoopsHype, last posted a "rumor" about a "Josh Smith" 3 months ago. Three. And even that "Josh Smith" was a guard from Wyoming (Moun-tain-West! Moun-tain-West!) who was granted a predraft workout with the Utah Jazz. That guard was actually "Josh Adams", who wound up playing Summer League with the Nuggets. So this latest Hoopshype "rumor" about a "Josh Smith", from back in early May, evolved from a typo produced and later corrected by fellow site HoopsRumors.
Now, nobody here needs to type up an epitaph on Smoove's NBA career. Yes, he's (barely) on the wrong side of 30, hasn't evolved terribly much, and there's only a few bench seats left since the NBA Free Agency Musical Chairs game reached its zenith. And there's likely no NBA contract left that comes close to matching the stretched-out payments of $5.4 million he gets from the Pistons over the next FOUR years. But it's still a tad premature to send him off to Big Baby's Basketball Retirement Home.
One would think, by now, some prominent sportswriter or insider could at least tweet something, anything, about him getting looks/calls/offers from even non-NBA teams. Why are we hearing about the likes of Shane Larkin heading to Spain and Andrew Goudelock heading to Israel, and butkus about Smoove? Somebody even bothered to check in on almost-34-year-old Emeka Okafor, and now his attempt at a comeback has spawned multiple articles: "Would Team X (Spurs/Warriors/Knicks) be Interested?" Can somebody who's paid to waste a few keystrokes take a brief moment to check in on Team Smoove?
There was one news item highlighting (recent NBA Player) Josh Smith last month... playing cornhole with Rajon Rondo, Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and NBA-employed friends at Lindsey Vonn's rooftop pool party. 'Sup, T.O. ...
Someone already mentioned the idea that we're witnessing a sort-of ATL homecoming with DH and Jack signings, and wondered if maybe we should consider signing Josh.
If Josh were willing to sign a 1 yr vet min contract, would you welcome that?
I had to ask.