Jan 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) grabs a rebound against the Utah Jazz during the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Could Josh Smith End Up on the Utah Jazz?

Like the Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Jazz have a power forward with an expiring contract looking to get paid in the offseason, but unlike the Hawks, the Jazz also have a center in the same situation. Both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are in the same boat as Josh Smith, as they look to find a permanent NBA home in the next day or the offseason. It would not make much sense to swap either one for Smoove because of its redundancy.

Recently, the Jazz have talked about sending Millsap to the Minnesota Timberwolves for young power forward Derrick Williams, who has disappointed in comparison to his draft stock after being selected 2nd overall in 2011. Like Williams, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter have received less-than-expected playing time despite their high draft status and clearing Millsap and/or Jefferson may solve that problem.

Despite reports that the Jazz are indeed shopping around Millsap, among others, it doesn’t make sense for them to pick up Josh Smith longterm, as they would want to see what their young bigs have to offer first. A half-season rental of Smoove is equally as unlikely, since their shot to win a championship this season is very slim considering the many quality Western Conference teams above them in the standings. In addition, the Jazz seemed focused on looking for a longterm point guard, such as Eric Bledsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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