AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Kyle Anderson Jersey . - Stan Van Gundy kept Detroits awkward core of frontcourt players together during his first off-season 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 Detroits coach, said he wants to develop younger players.If we were 12-16 or 10-18, we probably wouldnt be here, Van Gundy said. Were 5-23. That calls, in every respect, for some adjustment. Some things had to be different.Smith signed a $54 million, four-year deal with the Pistons before last season, but he shot only 42 per cent from the field in 2013-14. This season, Smith is at 39 per cent.The 29-year-old forwards poor perimeter shooting has been a problem for Detroit, but he does fill up the stat sheet. Hes averaging 7.2 rebounds and a career-best 4.7 assists per game this season.Van Gundy wants to adjust offensive roles, and it would have been hard to do that with Smith remaining such a focal point.Hes taking the most shots, hes a high-assist guy. Hes got the ball in his hands a lot, Van Gundy said. We would have had to have reduced his role offensively. I dont think he would have been happy with that at this point in his career. I dont think it necessarily would have been fair to him.The Pistons signed Smith as part of Joe Dumars final off-season in charge of basketball operations. When that busy off-season didnt result in a playoff berth, Detroit brought in Van Gundy to replace Dumars and also coach the team.The frontcourt mix of Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond looks good on paper, but the team has lacked on-court chemistry. Monroe, who can become an unrestricted free agent next off-season, has started only 14 games in 2014-15.Monroe and point guard Brandon Jennings both said they were caught off guard by the news of Smiths departure.This is definitely the most surprising thing thats happened since Ive been in the league, Monroe said.Thats saying something, since the Pistons have lacked stability throughout Monroes career. They fired coach Maurice Cheeks in February, before he had a chance to finish his first season at the helm.The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009.Van Gundy said the stretch provision of the collective bargaining agreement will help Detroits salary cap situation: the Pistons can stretch out Smiths remaining salary over a longer period of time to reduce the annual cap hit. Van Gundy said the Pistons are better off dropping Smith this way than if theyd traded him and had to take on long-term commitments in return.Smiths departure leaves Monroe and Drummond as the teams top frontcourt players, and Van Gundy indicated that Kyle Singler and Caron Butler might be used at power forward more, allowing the Pistons to play a smaller lineup with more perimeter shooters.Detroit clearly has a long way to go before becoming a contender. Smith, meanwhile, can try to find a better fit after his abbreviated tenure with the Pistons.We didnt mess around with him. We didnt make him bide time and try to fight him over a buyout or anything like that, Van Gundy said. I thought it was best for him, I thought it was best for us. We handled it in a straight-up manner. He handled it very professionally, and I sincerely wish him the best. I hope he finds a great situation. 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