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Detroit Pistons star to be traded?

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Josh Smith of the Detroit Pistons
Josh Smith of the Detroit Pistons.

Sources have told ESPN.com that the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings have been engaged in trade discussions over the availability of small forward Josh Smith.

Stan Van Gundy is the new president of basketball operations in Detroit as well as being the coach and his first transaction in the role could be a stunning trade that see's Smith leave the Pistons for Sacramento.

ESPN.com was told on Tuesday that the Kings had made their intentions of landing the 28-year-old very clear and if they were able to pull of this blockbuster trade, it would see three all-star calibre talents in DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Josh Smith all playing in Sacramento.

The sources believe that Smith would be traded for a combination of Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams from the Kings, the two teams have allegedly continued to exchange proposals to come to some sort of agreement that would see Smith pull on a Kings jersey next season.

Initial questions that arise immediately from the rumours surrounding the Smith-trade focus on the gamble the organisation would be taking on a player who so far has underwhelmed in his 10-year NBA career.

The Kings would try and fit Smith alongside Cousins and Gay who already make up the majority of the usage rate for the Sacramento squad.

Smith was only recently signed to the Pistons after they courted the small forward during last season's free agency period, unfortunately for the player and the franchise, the gamble of teaming up Smith with big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond had been a disaster thus far in Detroit.

Other story-lines have developed due to the interest the Kings have shown in Smith, it is no secret that the current Detroit player is very close friends with Celtic's point guard Rajon Rondo and the Boston star has been reportedly targeted by Sacramento for some time.

Teaming the two up in some capacity in Sacramento looks to be the foundation the organisation is planning to build around in order to turn the Kings into a championship contender.

The Kings also need to focus on how they plan to use their first round pick in the 2014 NBA draft which is currently the 8th overall selection.

News on trade discussions involving the Kings, the Pistons and Smith will all take a back seat as the league approaches draft night on Thursday.

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