With the NBA trading deadline just hours away (Thursday, 3 p.m. ET), several prevailing questions remain. Here are five:
1. Where will Josh Smith be on Friday?
An expiring contract and serious ability have made Smith the hottest name on the rumor wagon for a good month. Reports say interest in Atlantas power forward has come from nearly half the leagues 30 teams with Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Phoenix and even Boston being the most determined suitors.
Smith says its no different than any year, and he speaks the truth. Hes a borderline All-Star with remarkable athleticism and capable of putting up 25-plus on anyone. He also has a difficult side, sometimes running afoul of team policies with a me-first attitude.
Throw in a contractthat ends this summer, however, and itd be a shocker if Smith remains with the Hawks while GM Danny Ferry continues to reshape the roster.
Of course, much of moving Smith will be dependent on him giving the team that obtains him a behind-the-scenes wink and ...