WHY FOR DETROIT?

Cohen’s Analysis: It was a somewhat peculiar signing when it happened this past summer considering the Pistons were already loaded with a mammoth front line. And with reports suggesting there are confrontations building between Josh Smith, who signed a four-year, $54 million contract in the offseason, and head coach Maurice Cheeks, you have to wonder if change is already necessary.

Smith has been playing out of position all season, which explains why his stats are down this year and are the worst they have been since his second year in the league. The Pistons are desperate for more perimeter shooting. They have a lethal tandem inside with the burgeoning Andre Drummond and dependable Greg Monroe, but don’t have the shooters to match.

An assemblage of perimeter-oriented players like Jamal Crawford and Jared Dudley would probably make Detroit a far more balanced team.

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