Josh Smith Is Apparently The NBA’s Bobby Bonilla

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by Tommy Gimler

“J-Smoove” is still making bank, bitch.

If you were to guess what former NBA player Josh Smith is up to these days, working the third-shift jackhammer somewhere along I-95 just to make ends meet wouldn’t be a bad guess given that he never went to college and still pursued a return to the Association hard after getting waived by numerous teams.

But Smith apparently isn’t nickel and diming his way through life in 2019, as he is kind of the NBA’s version of Bobby Bonilla. Of course, the latter gets paid $1.2 million every July despite the fact that he hasn’t been on a baseball diamond since 2001. Likewise, Smith is set to receive $5.3 million from the Pistons this year and next thanks to a clause in his contract that was activated by Detroit a few years ago despite the fact that he hasn’t played there in, like, forever.

From Total Pro Sports:

The former NBA star signed a huge four-year, $54 million deal back in 2013, but would be waived at the end of 2014. In his first season with Detroit, Smith averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. His attitude and numbers started to take a turn with the franchise, which ultimately led to a falling out with the team and his eventual release.

The Pistons opted to use the stretch provision to release Smith, basically taking the remaining years on his deal and multiplying it by two. So, the two years (about $27 million) that was left on his deal became $5.3 million paid out over five years. The Pistons are due to pay Smith $5.3 million in 2019 and another $5.3 million in 2020.

So if you’re keeping score at home, it’ll still be cool to be Josh Smith’s friend all the way through next year…

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