Pistons waive F Smith 2 years into deal

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Stan Van Gundy kept Detroit's awkward core of frontcourt players together during his first offseason as team president, hoping the Pistons would show signs of improvement without any drastic moves.

Now Detroit is 5-23. Time for a shake-up.

The Pistons waived forward Josh Smith, less than halfway through the lucrative four-year contract he signed before the 2013-14 season. Van Gundy, who is also Detroit's coach, said he wants to develop younger players.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 DeAndre Jordan, LAC13.2
2 Andre Drummond, Det12.6
3 Nikola Vucevic, Orl11.8
4 Pau Gasol, Chi11.7
5 Tyson Chandler, Dal11.6
6 Zach Randolph, Mem11.4
7 Tim Duncan, SA11.0
8 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por10.7
9 Omer Asik, NO10.6
10 Kevin Love, Cle10.5
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 Anthony Davis, NO2.92
2 DeAndre Jordan, LAC2.41
3 Serge Ibaka, OKC2.36
4 Tim Duncan, SA2.35
5 Andrew Bogut, GS2.20
6 Roy Hibbert, Ind2.00
6 Pau Gasol, Chi2.00
8 Andre Drummond, Det1.75
8 Rudy Gobert, Uta1.75
10 Josh Smith, Det1.71
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