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Celtics say they have had no talks about Josh Smith trade

Jun 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago Reuters

We told you about the rumors the Atlanta Hawks are going to be shopping Josh Smith around, and that Smith is good with that. In fact, like everyone, Smith has a list of teams he’d like to play for. One was the Boston Celtics.

But there have been no such talks with the Celtics, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England.

A league source told on Monday night that the Celtics have had “no discussions whatsoever” with the Atlanta Hawks about acquiring Smith. The same source added that there were no plans to open up such dialogue any time in the near future. “You can never say never,” the source said, “but there’s nothing going on there.”

Hard to see Atlanta wanting to deal one of their stars to a team they may well see in the playoffs. It’s also hard to see how a deal with Boston gets done in terms of players. Boston doesn’t have a lot of trade chips, but they could theoretically part with Ray Allen or Kevin Garnett. Not likely, especially in KG’s case. And after last season, are the Celtics going to trade part of their core away again midseason? For Josh Smith? He brings shot blocking and some athleticism, but he also brings a jump shot he keeps taking and missing.

  1. ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Not sure how it would get done but I think Josh’s best fit would be in NJ. With D-williams and Brook Lopez, that’s a pretty solid 3 to build around.

  2. themanchine - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Felton & Chandler to ATL for Smith & Teague

  3. readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    i think Josh Smith in Boston could work, but trading KG to make it work shouldn’t happen. but besides Bostons starting 4, i don’t know who ATL would want off their bench.

  4. mbhcu98 - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    I like josh Smith. I think he is the perfect PF if we get DHoward next year and he puts in the work of making that jump shot. He likes it too much not to practice it.

  5. mikeewright7 - Nov 5, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I don think Howard is coming to Boston, I have high hopes that he do but chances of that are slim although, him and Rondo would fit perfectly…. Josh Smith could go well with boston either move KG to the C or off the Bench…or bring Josh Smith, D.West, and Glen davis is a pretty good bench…Either way im a huge Boston Celtics fan and bringing Howard or Josh Smith is a + for us…especially if we dont lose anyone

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