SIXERS LOSERS ALREADY: FREE AGENT ISH SMITH SIGNS WITH PISTONS

By Lewis Gould

The Sixers are already losers in free agency.

The Pistons reached an agreement with Philly point guard Ish Smith on a three-year deal to solidify their bench as their backup point guard, a source told The Detroit News today.

Smith, 27, has played for nine teams in six years, including the Pelicans and Sixers last season. He was traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia — his second stint with the Sixers — for two second-round picks in December.

At 6-feet, 175 pounds, Smith is regarded as a speedy, athletic and smart point guard. He averaged 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists, starting in all 50 games, with the Sixers. Smith started just three of 27 games with the Pelicans, posting 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists.

Smith will back up starter Reggie Jackson and likely will come at a low cost, as he made just $1.1 million last season.

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