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Report: Nets going hard after trade for Josh Smith

Feb 11, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wants a contender. Badly. And he has to look at his Nets then look at the Heat and realize his side is not better than them. Or the Knicks. Or Pacers. Or Bulls (with Derrick Rose back).

And so he has a team trying to swing a big deal for maybe the biggest name up on the trade block — Josh Smith of the Hawks — reports Chris Broussard at ESPN.

While the Nets certainly want (Ben) Gordon, sources said acquiring Smith is their higher priority. A trade for Smith would seemingly kill a deal for Gordon, because (Kris) 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.

This makes a lot of sense for the Nets — Smith is a vast improvement over Kris Humphries, who has taken a step back this season with his game. Smith makes the Nets a bigger threat.

But even if you threw in that first round pick I’m not doing that if I’m the Hawks. If you’re rebuilding you are better off getting cap space from Smith leaving then bringing in the slumping Kris Humphries and the $12 million he is owed next season. No, the Hawks are not getting Dwight Howard either way, but the cap spaces is better then Humphries. Plus do the trade and they get worse on the court now.

There have been reports the Hawks want a young center, which would allow Al Horford to move to the four. But the Nets don’t have that kind of guy on their roster, so now we’re talking about bringing in a third team, which makes things exponentially harder.

Expect this rumor to keep circulating — the Nets want this to happen and there’s a lot of media in New York to keep leaking this to.

  1. saint1997 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    can Andray Blatche be traded with his contract? He has been playing well and coupled with Brooks, Humphries, maybe teletovic and picks something could happen there. (i’d also want tyshaun taylor if i were the hawks)

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      you trading Brooks too.
      who will you have on the bench.

      • saint1997 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:05 AM

        first off its not me its the nets haha but secondly the bench isn’t a strength nor has it ever been. If they want a star starting 5 they will get one. A lot of those guys are barely used on the bench as well. I’m not saying it is a good move, but that is the price they pay

    • Kevin S. - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Yes, he can, and he probably won’t be that expensive to keep next season given how much he’s getting from the Wizards the next two seasons. If the Nets can get the Bobcats to surrender the Diop/Carroll expirings to Atlanta instead of Ben Gordon, I definitely think that some combination of Hump, Brooks, Teletovic, Blatche and picks could get Josh Smith done.

  2. scalfor3 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Well, Josh Smith will put them over the top. lol.

  3. qpoiu1 - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    The max that the Nets will get with Kris Humpries is Ben Gordon…go after it and you have one of the best benches in the league

  4. money2long - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    wow the nets would be stacked in the starting 5. that’d be a very defensive frontcourt if they could pull this off.

  5. mannyicey - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    A trade is a two-way street and I don’t think that the Hawks want to pay Humphries $12 mil next year. That means that they need to pitch in a draft pick. Therefore, they’ll trade Humphries for maybe some more draft picks and build up.

    But a Humphries and Brooks- Josh Smith trade won’t happen without a draft pick. And the Mad Russian will give it up because he thinks the Nets can win right now. That’ll be a good trade for everyone.

  6. drubeatz - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    The Nets better do something before their season falls apart. The team looks like trash, weak minded and slow. I expected more of a push from Deron. They never run fast breaks. Always waiting for he defense to set up. They have no sense of urgency when they fall behind. They need some young athletic ballers who can score. I sure miss Gerald Green. Now that I think of it…. Deron has probably 2 alley’s this year. They’re just not there yet. Getting Smith would help but they still need more. Maybe if Lebron retires they’ll win…lol

    • badintent - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      I ‘ve seen 6 games this year, they are moving slowly away from the Avery’s micro managed system to P.J.’s more flexable system with does allow for some fast breaks. But it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.You would think in Brooklyn they could just go to the local parks and find the next MJ, starbury or Kenny Smith. ya think ??

  7. reupjosh - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Yes… Because replicating that slightly above average team the Hawks have had for the past 5 years will definitely win the East!?!?

    • Kevin S. - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Replicating… because Williams/Wallace/Lopez is the same thing as Teague/Williams/Horford. Right.

  8. dangernearing - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    I think it makes sense for both teams. Hawks arent going anywhere, let Teague and MarShon grow together. Nets gets another coach killer (i.e. Deron Williams).

  9. sportsnut101 - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Josh smith a nice player but pls. U would another jumpshot happy forward for three. He could be top ten player in this league if he worked on his game. No thx Joe Johnson can barely score 20 Williams barely get 7 assist a night N crash is good player but he can come off the bench for that energy spark their bench is just weak. Watson is average. Thank u bulls for letting him go. Put brooks to start at 2 move joe to 3. Start kris again n feed him the ball with pick n roll he can shoot that shot The reason they play bad most nights is they can’t defend

  10. areyesrn - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    what does Jay-Z think? lol j/k

  11. topauthority - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    oh please, oh please rescue atlanta from this malcontent! josh is a local kid that has worn out his welcome with ill-advised 3’s & a PISS POOR attitude. he only left home for a year to attend oak hill and has yet to grow up or improve. run him outta here before he talks his spoiled punk of a best friend and preschool classmate (dwight howard) into coming home to atlanta.

    we’d welcome marshon back (he’s from here too…tucker (ga) hs. he is a hell of a player and a pure shooter, unlike mr. smith. c’mon d.ferry, pull the trigger fast before the big russian wishes up!

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