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Josh Smith to sign $56 million deal with Pistons

Rumors surfaced that long-time Hawks forward Josh Smith would join Dwight Howard in Houston, but the free agent turned down both the Rockets and Hawks on Saturday and signed with the Pistons.

Rumors surfaced that long-time Hawks forward Josh Smith would join Dwight Howard in Houston, but the free agent turned down both the Rockets and Hawks on Saturday and signed with the Pistons.

The Detroit Pistons agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with free-agent forward Josh Smith, ESPN.com reported Saturday.

Smith also considered the Houston Rockets and staying with the Atlanta Hawks.

Smith played for the Hawks for nine years. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season.