Arguably the top remaining player available dropped off the market Saturday as forward Josh Smith agreed to a big four-year deal with the Detroit Pistons. Valued at up to $56 million with incentives, it's not quite a max contract, but certainly signifies a massive commitment to the free agent forward.
Considered a probable Plan B for teams that failed to land Dwight Howard this summer, Smith instead heads to a franchise that never even met with arguably the top player on the market. With Detroit seemingly loading up for a hopeful return to competitiveness in the near future, let's take a look at what else is going on around the league.
Cavs get Jack, Kings land Landry
The two players who powered the Golden State Warriors' bench last season both found lucrative new homes for the 2013-14 season on Saturday. Power forward Carl Landry agreed to a four-year, $27 million deal with the Sacramento Kings this weekend, while point guard Jarrett Jack got a slightly smaller deal, $25 million over four years, from the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the Warriors deciding to use up their available cap space to sign Andre Iguodala, we see two of the key players from last year's roster move on this summer. As Sactown Royalty notes, the Landry signing could lead to additional moves for the Kings, given the new logjam at power forward.
Teague 'growing frustrated' with Hawks
Looking to cash in on his breakout season, point guard Jeff Teague is "growing frustrated" with how the Atlanta Hawks have handled his free agency thus far. Specifically, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports says Teague perceives a lack of meaningful contract discussions between the two sides, which is significant when Atlanta essentially holds the rights to the guard's future. As a restricted free agent, the Hawks will presumably match any offer sheet he signs from another team, though their intentions seem less clear with this revelation. After bringing in Paul Millsap to replace Josh Smith, it's possible Atlanta could be committing to bigger changes, including the departure of its point guard. Here's more from Peachtree Hoops on this situation.
Mavericks pursuing Andrew Bynum
The Dallas Mavericks have moved on from Dwight Howard to the expected Plan B, free agent center Andrew Bynum. Highly regarded when he was traded as part of the Howard deal last summer, Bynum has seen his reputation decimated by a number of injuries over the past season. Still, he's arguably the final remaining available player capable of All-Star performance when healthy. For a Mavericks team that missed out on its key targets this summer, settling for Bynum wouldn't be the worst consolation prize. If healthy, a frontcourt of Bynum, Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion could be highly intriguing, and as Mavs Moneyball says, "Bynum may be completely damaged goods by this point, but his level of talent simply can't be ignored."