Josh Smith‘s tenure in the Motor City might only last one season.
The versatile forward has been at the center of recent trade talks that could ship the former Hawk to the Kings, according to ESPN.com.
Talks between both parties started last month before tailing off due to a lack of progress and the start of the league’s free agency window. Sacramento, which reportedly offered Jason Thompson and either Derrick Williams or Jason Terry in the original deal for Smith, reportedly is looking for a third team to complete the deal.
If the trade is completed, Smith will join an impressive Kings frontcourt that already includes DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Another potential factor in the deal could be Smith’s close relationship with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has also been linked to trade rumors with the Kings.
– It didn’t take long for the Pacers to find a replacement for Lance Stephenson.
Just a day after Stephenson agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets, Indiana signed guard Rodney Stuckey to a one-year deal, according to The Associated Press.
Stuckey, who played for the Pistons for the last seven years, was made expendable after Detroit added Jodie Meeks and D.J. Augustin to its backcourt this offseason. Last season, Stuckey averaged 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
– LeBron James continues to lure more of his former teammates to Cleveland, as former Miami sharpshooter James Jones agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Cavaliers, The Associated Press reported.
Jones, who will reportedly earn 1.4 million next season, should be a threat from beyond the arc for the Cavs next season. While he only played in 20 games in 2013-14 with the Heat, Jones shot a career-high 46 percent from 3-point range.
Jones isn’t the first former Miami player to join James in Cleveland, as Mike Miller agreed to a two-year deal with the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
– The Lakers added some much needed depth to their frontcourt Wednesday, signing power forward Ed Davis to a two-year, $2 million deal, The Associated Press reported.
Davis’ NBA career got off to a promising start after being taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, averaging 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in his first season with the Raptors.
Davis has since bounced between Toronto and Memphis, posting career averages of 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds.
With the departure of Pau Gasol to the Bulls and Chris Kaman to the Trail Blazers, Davis should see a steady amount of playing time alongside Jordan Hill and rookie Julius Randle.
– Brandon Rush is going back to Cali.
The 29-year-old swingman is returning to the Warriors, signing a two-year, $2.5 million deal Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.
Rush, who played for the Jazz last season, played for Golden State in 2011-12, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 26 minutes while shooting 45.2 percent from three-point range.
– The Wizards have acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Mavericks as part of a sign-and-trade deal .
Blair, who played only one season in Dallas, averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last year. Blair spent first four seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in San Antonio.
Dallas acquired the rights of Emir Preldzic as part of the deal.