Hawks gauging Smith’s trade value?


According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks have started to gauge trade interest on forward Josh Smith, and Smith isn’t averse to ending his seven-year stay with his hometown team, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.

Josh Smith's athleticism could be intriguing for the Spurs.

Smith hasn’t requested a trade, but has privately told league friends that the Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic are his preferred destinations should the Hawks decide to move him.

“The relationship has run its course,” said a league source with knowledge of the dynamic.

There’s been growing acrimony between Smith and the organization, sources said, largely because of the feeling that Smith has been too convenient of a scapegoat. Smith had one of his most complete seasons for the Hawks, averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Payroll is an issue for the Hawks, too, and Smith’s contract – which has two years and $25.6 million remaining – is an attractive target for management to unload, if, for no other reason, than the five years, $110 million left on Joe Johnson’s deal is far more difficult to move.

The Hawks have looked to identify veteran players near the end of their contracts, sources said, but have had no serious discussions on trading Smith.

“They’re looking for a change,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “They would die to be rid of Joe Johnson’s contract or move Smith, but they won’t give [Smith] away. They want something in return.”

Dwight Howard has been a proponent of the Magic trying to make a deal for Smith, a childhood friend, but general manager Otis Smith is low on assets.

Houston has long been intrigued with Smith, but like Orlando and New Jersey, also probably doesn’t have the right pieces to make a trade. Hawks GM Rick Sund has long coveted Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen – two aging Celtics entering the final years of contracts – but Celtics GM Danny Ainge has yet to show an inclination to break up his core for next season.

Eventhough  San Antonio is not one of Smith’s preferred destination, the Spurs could certainly play for his services if the team wanted to.

How about acquiring Smith for Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair and George Hill?

What are your thoughts? Should the Spurs try to get Smith if he becomes available on the market? Tell us what you think.

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9 thoughts on “Hawks gauging Smith’s trade value?

  1. I like Josh Smith but giving up three rotation players for him seems a bit too much. Maybe use Jefferson and Blair and a future pick is a better trade.

    • That’s a tough one to answer, sorry to get back to you so late. Are you thinking there is a conspiracy theory in the NBA? Particularly the large market teams?

      Thanks for the comment and read. By the way do you like the idea of Smith going to the Spurs?

      • Robby

        The only conspiracy in the NBA is as to the stupidity of the league hierarchy , owners and the NBPA (union) .

        Smith going to the Spurs isn’t such a bad idea just as long as the team doesn’t have to give up too much to get him. And though there’s immense speculation surrounding the impending fate of Parker . I can tell you this Burford had better be sure that Neal is ready to assume the mantel of leading this team from the point. The Spurs are starved of a proven scorer on this team . That’s something that neither you or any of the other patrons have commented on , instead you’ve all opined about a trade . Throughout much of the regular season the Spurs struggled greatly on offense but I don’t recollect you actually mentioning that , if at all ?

  2. Nice idea but the Hawks ain’t biting this one. They will look for a better trade elsewhere for Josh Smith if they do make him available in the market.

  3. Josh Smith is great, but I’m not sure if he’ll fit right in and I wouldn’t want to give up Hill and Blair and this point. If we are looking for a backup wing then just try to get Vince Carter if he becomes a free agent. It’s less complicated, we get another decent player without moving important pieces of the current lineup.

  4. Tophatal,

    Actually that is the main reason why I’ve always talk about trades (to improve the roster on both ends of the floor). It is obvious that Josh Smith can score and if you recall, I even thought of adding Vince Carter on the cheap if he becomes a free agent. All of these trade speculations are meant to make the Spurs offensinvely or defensively if not both.

  5. Speculation is the one thing that simply doesn’t profit the Spurs because their window of opportunity is now quickly closing . Simply look at the stats of the team this past season and you can see why they struggled from the offensive end .

    The other teams within the conference are going to get considerably better and that is something that the Spurs will now have to deal with .

    As of now I certainly am not holding out much hope for the league as a whole actually reaching a compromise concerning the CBA . The two sides (league hierarchy/ owners & union ) in terms of the divergence are said to be so far apart that it doesn’t bear thinking about .

    What Popovich now has to instill into the players now is accountability and not what was self evident last season ……. complacency throughout much of the regular and postseason .

    tophatal ………

  6. Speculation is the one thing that simply doesn’t profit the Spurs because their window of opportunity is now quickly closing . Simply look at the stats of the team this past season and you can see why they struggled from the offensive end .

    As of now I certainly am not holding out much hope for the league as a whole actually reaching a compromise concerning the CBA . The two sides (<a href="http://nba.com/careers/managment_team.html"league hierarchy/owners & union ) in terms of the divergence are said to be so far apart that it doesn’t bear thinking about .

    tophatal ………

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