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Report: Suns, Bucks, Nets leaders in Josh Smith sweepstakes

Feb 20, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith reacts during the final moments of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston Reuters

If it appears two things are certain following the trade deadline now — Lakers fans will complain (because they always do) and Josh Smith will be in another uniform.

The question now seems to be “where will Josh Smith play the rest of this season?”

Followed by, “what about next season?”

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports updates us on the first question.

The Bucks are interesting in that the early talk had Monta Ellis and his expiring deal coming back to Atlanta, which is an interesting fit for half a season next to Jeff Teague. The Hawks may or may not be able or want to re-sign Ellis this summer, what really matters in making that deal work is what other picks and parts are in the deal to entice Atlanta. Chris Broussard of ESPN suggested the Bucks were trying to come up with a deal where they kept Ellis and Brandon Jennings to pair with Smith, but that seems unlikely. And Milwaukee couldn’t re-sign all three of those free agents next summer to the deals they expect.

For the Bucks, who already are going to have to give Jennings a big pay raise this summer, with or without Ellis can they afford Josh Smith, too? Would they give him a max or near max deal? Would he take it and stay? All really good questions that have to weigh on any decision.

The Nets have always seemed to be the Hawks fallback, getting Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a pick. Getting Brooks and the pick is nice, no way they really want Humphries, who is set to make $12 million next season, you can bet Ferry would be looking to flip him this summer.

The Suns may be the most interesting package for the Hawks. Phoenix has a stockpile of picks and some young players they can throw in, plus they have Marcin Gortat. A trade of Gortat, Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker plus picks works salary wise. And for the Hawks, they get a solid, true center in Gortat that lets Al Horford move to his more natural four spot.

But can the Suns keep Smith? They have the cap room to sign him to a massive deal, and they need a star to anchor that franchise. The questions are would he take it and is he really the star the Suns want to gamble on as an anchor?

We’ll see. The only sure thing is Smith is going to be on the move.

  1. thatstinks - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    The Suns could keep Smoove if they choose . They would have his Larry Bird rights . I don’t see Phoenix making a move . The other two , Nets & Bucks , are the players .

  2. Kazz_Detroit - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I just don’t see a scenario where the Hawks receive a good deal from Brooklyn for Josh Smith. Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks & a first round pick are not enough in my opinion. Best bet for Atlanta seems to be Phoenix, with Gortat, some players and a first round pick. The only two players from Milwaukee the Hawks should go after are Monta Ellis & Larry Sanders.

  3. scooper15928 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Three team deal between Hawks, Suns and Bucks. This works on trade machine.

    Suns get: Henson, Pachulia, 2013 first rounder from Atlanta, 2014 second rounder from Milwaukee

    Hawks get: Monta Ellis, Marcin Gortat

    Bucks get: Josh Smith

    The Suns get two draft picks, a promising prospect and an expiring contract to build for the future. The Hawks replace Smith with two above-average starters, and the Bucks give up Ellis (who was probably going to leave anyway) for the player they want in Smith. As long as Smith is willing to stay in Milwaukee, it’s a win for all three I think.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Problem is Bucks are supposedly unwilling to surrender Henson.

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      I know it may work in the trade machine (great tool, by the way), but I don’t think the Suns would make this move. It really doesn’t benefit them at all. I don’t think Henson is enough of a draw, since Pachulia is awful and the Suns have enough picks without making this deal.

  4. qpoiu1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    The Bucks aren’t willing to give up their best young pieces, Henson and Sanders. The Nets doesn’t have a good package to offer Atlanta. I think that the Wizards have a good shot at smoove if they offer ariza, seraphin, vesely, crawford and picks. The Rockets should wait until free agency to go after him, because they are the best fit for him with their fast pace style, so giving up assets at the deadline would be foolish

  5. doctorfootball - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Nets are offering trash for a very good player. Brooks? Rarely plays. Humphries? He get paid 12 mil a year, but his production is worth a quarter of that. They want to trade for a pretty good player in Smith, but they’re not willing to give up anything for it.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Smoove is walking. Nobody will get the “Carmelo Package” again. Gotta find that middle ground. Kind like the Jeff Green/Nenad Kristic for Perkins trade.

      • crtzinc - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Not sold on MarShon Brooks, would definitely demand another 1st round pick from the Nets.

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        And Josh Smith isn’t Carmelo. There are very few players – and teams willing to trade a full roster for 1 said player – that would command a trade similar to the trade that hauled in Carmelo.

  6. Dres - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Bucks are unwilling to trade Henson & Sanders. Read a book.

  7. ndnation23 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    any trade for the suns that involves Gortat is worthless…he is the only big we have with talent, and the only center we have that is playoff material…sure, wed get a star in smith..but we would get destroyed in the playoffs by teams with solid 4’s and 5’s…

  8. djjackson81 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    The suns are gonna have a lot of cap money and two or three first rounders stacked up for the drafts coming up. Remember teams with the most cap space 2014 guys like Wade and James are availible

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