Both of the New York area NBA teams are clearly not satisfied with just being in the mix in the Eastern Conference. According to many rumors, both the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have been very active in trying to gain pieces that may help them in their quest for an NBA Championship. The hottest name in many of those rumors has been Atlanta’s own Josh Smith.
The Brooklyn Nets have long had an interest in the Atlanta Hawks. As it stands right now, there is an offer on the table to send the 9 year forward to Brooklyn. A piece from Jeff Zillgitt Sam Amick of USA Today reported:
The Hawks would be well within their right to assume they won’t land Lakers center Dwight Howard or Clippers point guard Chris Paul as free agents this summer, meaning the notion of re-signing Smith could be appealing as a way to utilize the $38 million in salary cap space this summer. And while Smith has made it widely known that he wants a max deal, there’s no clear indication that he will be offered one this summer and the Hawks could find themselves cutting the sort of compromise deal they envision. If the Hawks had their way before Thursday, they would find a deal that included a young center (because they see Al Horford as a power forward), expiring contracts, desirable players on rookie contracts and/or draft picks.
Brooklyn’s offer, which doesn’t appear to be enticing to the Hawks, is MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and a first-rounder for Smith, a person familiar with the proposed deal told USA TODAY Sports. The Nets are unwilling to include a second first-round pick at this time. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of fluid negotiations.
A new rumor involving the New York Knicks has recently been circulated. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, the Hawks and Knicks have been linked as trade partners, according to an anonymous source. The Knicks have been eyeing Josh Smith in an effort to ship off a package of Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert. Alex added:
While the Knicks have weighed several minor deals that would bring in a veteran role player – such as Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick or Luke Ridnour – they have also been gauging interest in an Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert package, according to sources. The Knicks are shopping this package in an attempt to land a significant player. One player that they’d like to pry loose is Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, according to a league source. While it’s admittedly unlikely, it’s a rumor that has floated around in recent days.
It’s a deal that makes sense for New York. A trade of Stoudemire and Shumpert for Smith and a filler such as Zaza Pachulia, for example, would work under the cap. The Knicks get a big-time player and suddenly, they have the talent to contend for a championship this year (and for years to come if they can re-sign Smith this summer).
Frankly, this deal makes less sense than the Nets deal. It seems unlikely that the Hawks would ship away Josh Smith at his athletic prime for an oft-injured and maximum salary Amare Stoudemire leaving his prime.
Maybe through the use of a three-team trade, Josh Smith could end up in the largest city in the United States, but a direct trade involving either the Knicks or Nets seems unthinkable and completely unreasonable.