NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Offering Jeff Green And Brandon Bass For Josh Smith

Feb 11, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) drives against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Hawks beat the Mavs 105-101. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

So far, this has been the wildest weekend before the NBA Trade deadline that I’ve seen in quite a while. Earlier this season, the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks discussed briefly about a trade that would send Brandon Bass and Jeff Green to Atlanta for Josh Smith.

Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times reported last week that Josh Smith’s primary destination was Boston, and he explains why this might be possible in his latest article.

I’ve heard for a few weeks now that Boston is salivating over Atlanta forward Josh Smith and would be receptive to unloadingBrandon Bass and Jeff Green to obtain him.

This would indicate that there are some type of discussions going on, but as of right now, nothing is imminent.

It seems like Danny Ainge has been on the phone all night. It’s been reported that there are discussions between the Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers regarding Kevin Garnett. Personally, as I see it right now, for the Celtics to acquire Josh Smith, Boston would have to move Garnett first. The Celtics roster is already thin, and to give up both Green and Bass for Josh Smith would leave the backup small forward position open.

To recap the last 12 hours, there were rumors that the Celtics talked to the Los Angeles Lakers regarding a trade that would send Rajon Rondo to Los Angeles for Dwight Howard. Earlier this morning it was rumored the Clippers and Celtics were talking about Kevin Garnett, and now Atlanta enters the mix.

From the looks of it, Danny Ainge might be considering to rebuild on the fly. Paul Pierce has made it clear that he wants no part of a rebuilding period, and has said that he’d retire or ask for a trade. Ainge is looking at all his options, but reading the trade rumors and the players involved in the last few hours, this looks more like a potential breakup than retooling or adding pieces to make one final push towards the playoffs.

 

 

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Josh Smith

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