The Phoenix Suns have struggled to find a direction since they dealt Steve Nash away to the Los Angeles Lakers. They thought they had Eric Gordon in the offseason but the Hornets chose to match. Now, Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that they’re going hard after Josh Smith after being spurned by the Hornets and the Grizzlies when trying to deal for Rudy Gay.
Here’s the Woj-Bomb:
One more: In Josh Smith derby, several teams believe Suns are determined for deal after missing on Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay in past months.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2013
If this is true, the Celtics will have a hard time bringing Smith in. Earlier it was tweeted by ESPN’s Marc Stein that a deal between the Hawks and the Celtics would require trading away Paul Pierce–something Danny Ainge isn’t willing to do. Since Danny isn’t willing to do that, the Celtics will need a third team to complete a deal for Smith because the Hawks aren’t going to take scrapheap players. They want expiring deals and young players with potential, specifically. The Celtics don’t really have a lot of those kind of pieces floating around.
Their younger players–Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley–are valued highly by the organization and aren’t likely to be dealt unless the deal is something that is really appealing to them. Their expiring contracts are few and far between, and they committed a lot of money to a lot of players this offseason.
Dealing Bradley and Sullinger for Josh Smith isn’t the scenario that the Celtics are looking for because Smith is an expiring contract. He’s requiring a max deal according to a lot of reports and there is no guarantee that he will stay in Boston after the season is over if he isn’t about to get that deal.
As the story further develops, Josh Smith is seeming like less and less of a possibility for the Celtics. We’ll see how things end up on Thursday–maybe even sooner.