Mar 31, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) dribbles the ball during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons won 116-111. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith to the Charlotte Hornets?

A rumor is swirling around the NBA that the Detroit Pistons might be looking to trade away forward Josh Smith.

Although the Pistons have denied that they want to trade away Josh Smith, it isn’t keeping everybody from talking about it, and exploring all the possible landing spots for Smith.

Several teams have came up as possibilities, and the Charlotte Hornets happen to be one of them. Should the Charlotte Hornets make a run at Josh Smith if given the opportunity?

Yes, but at the right cost.

Last season with the Detroit Pistons Josh Smith averaged 16 points, and 6 rebounds per game. His best season came in 2011-2012 with the Atlanta Hawks when he averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Would I give up a lot for Josh Smith? Absolutely not, but what would the Hornets have to give up to change Detroit’s mind? Well, we don’t know the answer to that considering that the Pistons have denied that Smith is on the trade block.

It would be something along the lines of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson, and maybe a draft pick.

Would I do that trade if I was Charlotte? In a heartbeat, yes.

It all depends on the development of P.J. Hairston. If P.J. becomes a great NBA player we all know he is capable of being, what is the need to have Gerald Henderson on the roster still? Charlotte signed Lance Stephenson, he will get the majority of the minutes at the shooting guard position, you don’t need 3 SG’s on your team that are all capable of starting.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is still young and we have yet to see his best basketball yet, but trading him for Josh Smith is a upgrade and is something the Hornets should at least consider.

The draft pick is a mystery. We don’t know what year the draft pick will be, and if it will be a lottery pick or not. The Charlotte Hornets are primed to be a top playoff team in the East this coming season, so it will most likely not be a lottery pick, something in the early 20′s possibly.

The draft pick is the hardest thing to give up in this trade. I would trade MKG and Henderson for Josh Smith in a heartbeat, but the draft pick is hard to trade. In a way you are giving up part of your future to win now.

Is trading all of that worth it for Josh Smith? I say yes, but it might take more than that to get the Detroit Pistons to trade away Josh Smith. If it does, I wouldn’t give up more than that to get him. That would be my final offer if I was the Charlotte Hornets. You might be able to talk me into throwing another draft pick in the trade, but that would be it.

Putting Josh Smith alongside Lance Stephenson, Al Jefferson, and Kemba Walker would make the Hornets the 3rd best team in the Eastern conference in my opinion, behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. He just might be the missing piece the Charlotte Hornets need.

But if Derrick Rose doesn’t stay healthy, the Hornets would have the chance to become the 2nd best team in the East, and compete in the Eastern Conference Finals for a chance to go to the NBA Finals. Wow, I can’t believe I just said that. They would still be far away from being able to beat Cleveland, but acquiring Josh Smith would help Charlotte go to the next level.

Right now it is a long-shot for the Pistons to agree to trade Smith to Charlotte, but you never know in the NBA these days. You just never know.

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