Detroit Pistons: Playing buy or sell with 2019 free agents

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Ish Smith

At the right price, the Pistons would love to bring Ish Smith back. During his three seasons in Detroit, he’s been their most consistent bench contributor, and he’s given them a steady hand in the instances when Jackson has dealt with injuries. Per 36 minutes in his career, Smith holds respectable marks of 13.8 points, 7.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He’s spent 219 games out of his 542-game career in Detroit, and the team’s play style suits him.

Smith is a gritty player, and he has no problems matching up with opposing point guards no matter who it is. Two of his best defensive seasons have come in a Pistons uniform, and they were also in the seasons that he played the most games. When he is healthy and in a rhythm, he gives you a consistent sixth man off the bench. His ability to nab steals (1.3 per 36 minutes for his career) is also a nice asset.

Per 36 minutes last season, Smith averaged 14.4 points and 5.8 assists. Up until last season, Smith had been steadily improving to become a solid off the bench player for them despite not possessing any elite traits. Last year, he slumped a bit, which could drive his price down. If he gets into the $5-7 million per year range, the Pistons would and should strongly consider bringing him back.

Verdict: Buy, for the right price