This morning Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported via twitter that multiple teams are going after Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.
Still many involved for Atlanta’s Josh Smith, including Bucks, Nets, Celtics, 76ers, Wizards, others, sources say. Strong belief he’s moved.
Yesterday it was rumored that the Boston Celtics were offering Jeff Green and Brandon Bass for Smith, but talks haven’t progress or gained any traction whatsoever. There is no word as to what the other teams are offering to acquire Smith, but there is always a possibility that there could be a third team involved if a trade was made.
When I see the Brooklyn Nets interested in Josh Smith, I question their judgement. Basically they’d have the same roster Atlanta had a few years ago, and that team didn’t get far in the playoffs.
For Boston, their roster is already thin, and to give up two players for one makes no sense at this point in the season, unless a third team got involved and the Celtics got another piece in return.
It was also rumored this weekend that the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics were in trade discussions regarding Kevin Garnett. Despite denying the rumor, Los Angeles believes they can entice Garnett and convince him to waive his no trade clause. He has a house in Malibu, and former teammate Chauncey Billups plays for the Clippers, and with those two factors, they think that it’s possible to acquire him.
It’s highly unlikely, but if Garnett did waive his no trade clause and goes to the Clippers, it’s possible that the Josh Smith trade would be made. The Celtics are walking a fine line right now. It’s either trudge on with the player they have, or start the rebuilding process. In the big scheme of things, Josh Smith will not be coming to Boston unless Garnett is traded. While the Celtics are interested, they’d face the problem of lacking in depth at key positions if they made the trade for Smith.
Leading up to the NBA trade deadline is always an exciting and nerve-racking time. One thing I’ve learned from watching Danny Ainge operate during this time of year is never read too much into the trade rumors that have been made widely public. Ainge is a magician when it comes to trades, and you have to be prepared with what he might have hidden up his sleeve.