NBA Trade Rumors: Josh Smith to the Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes?

Dec 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, the only team that doesn’t have any rumored interest in Josh Smith are the Washington Generals.

According to a new report by Hoopsworld, the Philadelphia 76ers may still have interest in Josh Smith. Before the season, they had hoped to form a contender around the newly traded-for Andrew Bynum. However, he has yet to see the court for the Philadelphia team due to injury, and they are on the verge of missing the playoffs barring a second-half turnaround.

Now, according to a rumor from Hoopsworld, the Atlanta Hawks have approached the 76ers about third year SG/SF Evan Turner and C Spencer Hawes in exchange for Josh Smith. The post reads:

According to a pair of league sources with knowledge of the discussions, the Atlanta Hawks approached the Sixers seeking to acquire Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes in exchange for forward Josh Smith. Smith will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Bynum factors into any decisions about the team’s future.

“So much is Andrew Bynum’s health and what he is going to be able to do for us going down the road,” Collins said. “But we have to be very careful where all of a sudden you are trying to make a deal for something. You can’t trade for a free agent because you could give something up and they don’t re-sign. Then you’ve borrowed them for 30 games.”

Turner is in line to make over $5 million this year and then over $6.5 million next year before reaching restricted free agency. Hawes will be an unrestricted free agent that offseason as well, and will make $6.5 million in annual salary until then. This trade would fill a couple of needs that the Hawks might need longterm but Philadelphia may be wary to make the trade unless they are confident the could re-sign Josh Smith at a price they deem is acceptable. Nothing has been ruled out this trade season so continue to come back here to Soaring Down South for all the rumors that have been picked up.

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Evan Turner, Josh Smith, Philadelphia 76ers, Spencer Hawes

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