Monday, February 11, 2013
Nets play for Josh Smith
By Nick Borges
There is plenty of scuttlebutt regarding Josh Smith's future with the Atlanta Hawks and the forward maintains all the talk isn't a distraction for him. Smith will be a free agent in July and he can leave for nothing at that time, which is why the Hawks may deal the forward by the Feb. 21 deadline.
“It is what it is,” Smith told told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday afternoon. “You have to understand, this is a business first. Once you get that in your head that it’s a business first, it’s never personal, you’ll be pretty good in this league.”
The Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Charlotte Bobcats reportedly have interest in Smith now or in the summer when they can sign the free agent to a contract. One team that apparently is making a strong push for Smith is the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard.
Chris BroussardNets hot for Smith
"As reported by ESPN.com on Friday, sources said the Nets also are talking with the Charlotte Bobcats about a Kris Humphries-for-Ben Gordon trade.While the Nets certainly want Gordon, sources said acquiring Smith is their higher priority. A trade for Smith would seemingly kill a deal for Gordon, because Humphries is one of the players being discussed with Atlanta. The Nets are willing to give up Humphries and second-year shooting guard MarShon Brooks for Smith. But it almost certainly will take more than a Humphries-Brooks combination to pry Smith away from Atlanta, and one source said the Hawks want Brooklyn's first-round pick. Some scenarios that have been discussed include the Hawks' Anthony Morrow, who played the past two seasons with the Nets, returning to the club."
Marc SteinTricky call for Hawks
"It's still a tricky call for the Hawks, given their longstanding reluctance to take on money in a Smith trade and thus squander not only some of this summer's precious salary-cap space but also because they'd be giving up their lead Dwight Howard recruiter. The subsequent scuttle, furthermore, that I heard from one interested team: Atlanta wants a quality young center in return in the event it does decide to part with Smith before the deadline."