Well Hawks fans, this is the week.
This could possibly be the final week where we see Josh Smith in a Hawks uniform. I can only imagine the pressure that GM Danny Ferry is under right now because in case you have been living under a rock, Josh Smith has been the center of trade discussions throughout the entire NBA.
Earlier this month I made a list of my top 5 trade scenarios for Josh, and it just seems that the rumors are only getting worse. The intriguing scenario I will be looking at is the possibility that Josh could join former teammate Joe Johnson in Brooklyn.
At first, when I heard the Nets were interested in Smith I started to laugh because I thought the Nets didn’t have anything they could offer that would would possibly be equaled to Smith. Actually, my mindset was more like: if the Nets aren’t offering Brook Lopez then they can keep walking.
Well, yesterday I came across an interesting article by Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojanarowski, in which he writes “Brooklyn is solely focused on making a Smith deal,” referring to Atlanta’s Josh Smith.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein also commented on the Hawks/Smith trade speculation via tweet:
There is a good chance that after Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Heat, Josh will no longer be a member of the Atlanta Hawks. If we were to entertain this idea, I would have to guess that Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and Tyshawn Taylor would be involved in the trade with the Nets. Personally, I would request for Brook Lopez but then I read this:
In tweets and stories overnight, Adrian Wojanarowski and Marc Stein reported the Nets are pushing hard for Josh Smith, with Woj suggesting Brooklyn is “solely focused” on obtaining Smith and Stein quoting a “team close to the situation” as believing the Nets “would ultimately land Smith via a three-way trade.” Ken Berger listed the Nets and Celtics as possible destinations and added that Smith’s salary demands have lowered interest in the 6’9″ Hawks power forward.
So it appears that there is the possibility that a third team would be involved. This means that there is a chance the Nets could hold onto Lopez. I’m not sure who this third team is and what the Hawks would get in return, but it appears that the Nets are close to leading in the Josh Smith sweepstakes.