If I ran every NBA team, here are five deals that would go down before Thursday afternoons trading deadline:
1. Atlanta PF Josh Smith to San Antonio for PFC DeJuan Blair, SF Stephen Jackson and a first-round pick.
Smith is headed somewhere, that much is fairly certain. Yes, he can be difficult, playing the role of the occasional knucklehead who is somewhat of a risk when the idea is team chemistry.
Talent-wise, however, there are no doubts. When focused, the guy is a borderline All-Star. When not, Smith is still pretty doggone good.
Lots of folks doubt the Spurs, who exited the All-Star break with the leagues best record, can maintain their current pace. Lots of folks feel that way for good reason. After all, the Spurs have crumpled in the playoffs every season since their last title in 2007.
Well, guess what? Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and even Tony Parker aint getting any younger. Smith would give the Spurs a talented pair of fresh legs, additional frontcourt scoring and rebo...