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Josh Smith joins Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons signed free-agent forward Josh Smith to a multiyear contract on Wednesday, the team announced.

The team did not release contract terms, but reported the deal to be worth $54 million over four years.

Smith, 27, spent the past nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He averagd 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals in 676 career games. He is the 24th player in NBA history to reach 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 2,000 assista and 1,000 blocked shots.

"Josh is a two-way player and we look forward to blending his talents with our young core," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. "He was the No. 1 guy we were after in free agency."

Last season, Smith and Miami's LeBron James were the only two NBA players to average at last 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game.

"This team is who I wanted to play for," Smith said. "I still think I haven't reached my ceiling."
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