For a while now, Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks has been talked about as the name likely to be moved before the trading deadline, which would be Thursday. A lot of teams are interested in his services and they’re jockeying for position to get him.
One of those teams that were in that list was Boston. ESPN‘s Marc Stein mentioned Boston earlier on Monday as a team exploring its options for Smith.
Kevin Garnett had mentioned a few times that he won’t waive his no-trade clause. He may change his mind in the next few days but if he doesn’t, Boston could send Celtic lifer Paul Pierce, but that’s likely not going to happen, either.
But as Stein mentioned, Smith will very likely be moved before Thursday; consider it a surprise if he doesn’t get moved. Josh Smith is a free agent after this season and the Atlanta Hawks don’t want to lose him for nothing. Worst-case scenario, they should have cap space for the summer if Smith doesn’t go anywhere. Smith is looking for a contract that could pay him (near) the maximum.
The Hawks are 29-22 and are sixth in the Eastern Conference. It’s tough to be in the position as they are in the middle of the pack in the East. As for Josh Smith, he’s averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.1 blocks. He’s still a very versatile player that could help any of those teams that would want him. But, of course, they are taking a very risky proposition as he is a free agent after the summer. Will Smith escape the team that trades for him if he gets traded?
Again, it will be interesting to see what will happen to Smith. The trading deadline is on Thursday, February 21, on 3 P.M. Eastern time.