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Josh Smith - SF/PF, 6'9, 225
Los Angeles Clippers - Signed as a free agent in July 2015
       Date of birth: 12/05/1985
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 17th pick, 2004
     Out of: Oak Hill Academy
  NBA Experience: 11 years
  Hand: Left

When: Where:
June 2004 - June 2013 Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
July 2013 - December 2014 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
December 2014 - June 2015 Houston Rockets (NBA)
July 2015 - present L.A. Clippers (NBA)

2004 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 17th overall by Atlanta.
12th July, 2004 NBA Signed four year, $6,339,623 rookie scale contract with Atlanta. Included team option for 2007/08.
28th August, 2006 NBA Atlanta exercised 2007/08 team option.
8th August, 2008 NBA Signed a five year, $58 million offer sheet with Memphis.
8th August, 2008 NBA Atlanta matched Memphis's offer sheet.
10th July, 2013 NBA Signed a four year, $54 million contract with Detroit.
22nd December, 2014 NBA Waived by Detroit.
26th December, 2014 NBA Signed a $2,077,000 contract for the remainder of the season with Houston.
16th July, 2015 NBA Signed a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with L.A. Clippers.

From blog:

   Changes In 2010/11 Salaries Due To Performance Incentives

Players Whose Salaries Have Gone Up:

- Josh Smith - $100,000

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   Current Trade Kickers

There follows a list of all current NBA contracts that feature trade kickers, in contracts valid as of the time of writing, along with the value of them. Note that trade kickers have no expiry date other than the expiration of the contract itself, and that having a percentage listed means that's the percentage of their remaining salary that they will additionally get with the bonus.

- Carmelo Anthony (lesser of 5% or $1 million)
- Ron Artest (15%)
- Andrea Bargnani (5%)
- Charlie Bell (15%)
- Shannon Brown (15%)
- Kobe Bryant (10%)
- Jose Calderon (10%)
- Eddy Curry (greater of 15% or $5 million)
- Sam Dalembert (15%)
- Tim Duncan (15%)
- Jeff Foster (lesser of 15% or $1 million)
- Pau Gasol (15%)
- Manu Ginobili (5%)
- LeBron James (15%)
- James Jones (15%)
- Chris Kaman (lesser of 15% or $4 million)
- Shawn Marion (15%)
- Roger Mason Jr (lesser of 15% or $375,000, but is expiring anyway)
- Antonio McDyess (10%)
- Yao Ming (15%)
- Chris Paul (15%)
- Morris Peterson (7.5%)
- Paul Pierce (8%)
- James Posey (10%)
- Joel Przybilla (15%)
- Brandon Roy (lesser of 15% or $4 million)
- Josh Smith (15%)
- Peja Stojakovic (10%)
- Amare Stoudemire (15%)
- Hedo Turkoglu (15%)
- Anderson Varejao (5%)
- Dwayne Wade (15%)
- Rasheed Wallace (15%)
- Luke Walton (7.5%)

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   Ten Of The Worst New Contracts This Offseason

Josh Smith – Detroit Pistons

As with most of the players on this list, it is not necessarily the price paid so much as it is the purposelessness of paying it. Detroit, like Charlotte, has to pay an invisible tax (manifested through inflated contracts) to attract free agents. This is a reality that has to be accepted and which can add as much as 30 percent to a player’s price. And it has seemingly done so here.

However, if Detroit is going to be forced to overpay for someone, it should do so on someone who coexists with the good core they are building. Smith has well established strengths and flaws, and it is long known by this time that he plays best as a power forward. Barring injuries, however, he will not be able to do so much. The Pistons already are, or should be, committed to making the Greg Monroe/Andre Drummond partnership work, and any hypothesis that Smith can harmoniously coexist with this while splitting time at the small forward positions is a deliberately optimistic one. The coveted free agent, then, will be immediately put out of position. This problem also mustn’t overshadow the problems of paying $13.5 million to a player who cannot make a shot outside of three feet, but who never seems to know it.

Detroit acted strong and decisively in free agency, but in doing so, they overpaid for someone with no remaining upside and scant few other suitors who clogs up a depth chart at a position where it was already well catered for. It could be a Ben Gordon situation all over again. The saving grace is that Smith should be far more tradeable.

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