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Report: Josh Smith to Orlando Magic trade rumors “legit”

Jun 22, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

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Josh Smith is being shopped around, and while Boston may not be interested Orlando is.

That according to Ken Berger at CBS Sports.

A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are “totally legit.” Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would like to shed salary in the process.

For Orlando, this makes a lot of sense. If they are going to keep Dwight Howard they have to shake up the roster again and become serious contenders, Josh Smith is a step in that direction. Orlando’s offense can get stagnant because nobody consistently can create good shots for themselves outside of Howard — Smith would change that. He also is a good defensive forward and combined with Howard makes the Magic a powerful defensive force. If Stan Van Gundy can get Smith to take fewer midrange jumpers they will be set.

The problem is, what does Orlando have to give back that Atlanta really wants? The Hawks would like both talent and to save money. The only guys with straight up salaries that match are Hedo Turkoglu or Gilbert Arenas, and those are not happening because it’s an added expense for less talent. A combination of Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick would do it, but that would not save Atlanta any money. And it decimates the Orlando back court — unless you love the Gilbert Arenas/Chris Duhon combo. If I were the Hawks, I would demand Ryan Anderson in any deal.

Orlando may need a third team or maybe Atlanta is more desperate to move Smith than I thought. I get why the Magic want Smith, but it makes far less sense for Atlanta.

  1. phintasm - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Nelson to ATL definitely makes sense. He’d immediately upgrade the PG position and add a little scoring punch.

    The Magic could be alright with Arenas starting in his place. They would just need to bring a better backup than Duhon.

  2. palakerfan - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    This is one of those moves that sounds good until you think about the style the Magic play. Dwight inside with 4 shooters out. As much as Smith thinks he can shoot, he’s pretty lousy from long range and his man would have an easier time double-teaming Dwight. I can appreciate the effort to appease Dwight, but like the Arenas deal, it’s not a good fit.

  3. svallen - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    I think the key to this post is WHO will Orlando be willing to give up to get Smith. Smith will make $12M and $13M in the next two seasons – what combination is going to be worth Smith? AND is this trade going to really help keep Howard in Orlando or is this just a ploy that is inevitable anyways?

    Source for Smith’s salaries: http://www.spotrac.com/nba/atlanta-hawks/josh-smith/

  4. bobulated - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    People forget Smith and Howard have known each other since high school and played AAU ball together and by all accounts I’ve read they are still pretty close. This would be a great deal for Orlando if Josh can conquer his CJSD (Compulsive Jump Shot Disorder).

  5. winstonhussein - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Whatever happens, you can almost guarantee my Hawks will make the wrong move.
    The only real question is, how do we squeeze in a raise for Joe Johnson?

    • kingbuccaneer - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:19 PM

      As a Magic lifer, this post is pure gold.

  6. ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    “The Magic could be alright with Arenas starting in his place”

    …this wizards fan might disagree with you, unless you like your pg’s taking 40 shots a game

  7. acharlot5 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    i like the trade for the magic instantly gets their defense better pairing two of the better shot blockers in the league on the same team.. trade Jameer and Bass for Josh Smith and a swap of this years 2nd round pick or the hawks second round pick this year. Wouldnt exactly make the magic much better but its a start.

  8. ndirishfan1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    None of these sound good for Atlanta. No wonder Orlando is legitimately interested.

  9. readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    i thought there was an unwritten rule u don’t trade players to teams within your division

  10. jjstrokes - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    The only area where Josh Smith would help Orlando is in shot-blocking. He’s does not fit in at all with the Magic’s offensive scheme. His offense is very limited. He either gets to the rim or takes bad jumpers, & the shooting is atrocious. ATTENTION MAGIC FANS: Every player on the floor not named Dwight must have a solid perimeter game. Earl Clark is a bigger & younger version of him anyways. No reason to get Josh Smith at this point, especially when you consider how much money he makes.

  11. skip3525 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    If it make Dwight happy and gets him to sign an extension I say do it.
    You can’t lose Howard at any cost.

    • jjstrokes - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      Why would this make Dwight happy??? Just bc he grew up with Josh Smith???…. Those two threw more elbows at each other than anybody during the first round of the playoffs. Dwight will be more upset than anyone in Orlando when he’s down in the post watching Smith brick outside jumpers instead of receiving the ball in position… Magic fans should realize by now they don’t know exactly what’s gonna make Dwight happy. EXAMPLE: Jameer & him have always been “inseperable” but now Dwight is throwing Jameer under the bus (Arenas’ minutes comments). So we’ve always been under the impression that we can’t break-up the two but now it looks like Dwight is upset that he’s had to play alongside Jameer for so long. & I’m not even trying to stick up for Jameer; I personally agree with Dwight that Jameer is the weak link. Just bc he is right about this doesn’t mean we should do what makes him the uptmost happiest. Orlando still has to do what’s best for the future of the organization; signing an overpaid players who doesn’t fit in with our team is only going to make matters worse. It should be clear by now that Dwight only cares about winning; it’s also pretty clear that he doesn’t care which friends are along for the ride as long as they are WINNERS.

      • frootbooty - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:54 PM

        He not only grew up with Josh, the two are still very close. Dwight was the best man at Josh’s wedding last summer. I have read several sources say that Dwight is the one pushing to get him on the team

      • jjstrokes - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        Dwight was his best man??? Ohhh we better make the trade then hahahahahah… Just bc Dwight wants another close friend on the team doesn’t make it a good move. He is not an NBA GM. He doesn’t fully understand the NBA salary cap (even current GMs don’t know what to expect in the future)…. So we should start signing & trading for players solely based on what Dwight thinks? I’m pretty sure if we do that then the chances of him leaving will be even greater. If Otis lets Dwight play GM this off-season then they must win it all next season. Like I said he’s not a GM; his desired moves will hurt the Magic’s longer-term championship prospects. Just try to imagine what would happen if the Magic make this deal & don’t win it all next season. Then the Magic would be even further over the Cap & another year lost. Dwight would then have NO reason to stay, even tho he’d be the one responsible for our problems. If the Hawks were to throw in Hinrich (maybe Teague + another) then we should def listen. But you never know; Dwight might not like those guys & then we’d be screwed hahahahaah

        What a great situation Dwight has created for us Magic fans.

  12. kingbuccaneer - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Screw Josh Smith. We NEED Chris Paul!

    • jizzojames - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:06 AM

      Screw this whole article, Orlando needs a Miracle!!

    • jjstrokes - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Completely agree my friend…. How about that Bucs employee getting busted for…. Pretty f’ing sick.

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