It was fun while it lasted. While the below doesn't necessarily mean that something couldn't change between now and 3 p.m. tomorrow, it appears that the Celtics aren't in the top three for Josh Smith anymore.
Among teams and officials involved in Josh Smith talks, the three most likely destinations right now: Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Phoenix.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2013
There was one rumor that the Celtics were offering Jeff Green and Brandon Bass in exchange for Smith, which was almost laughable. There was absolutely no chance that Atlanta would take that deal. And so, it appeared that in order to land Josh Smith the Celtics would have to part with Paul Pierce.
While that would enrage many Celtics fans, that's not the only obstacle in moving in Pierce. There's also not a huge market for him. A. Sherrod Blakely earlier described league interest in Pierce as "lukewarm".
The Celtics simply don't have the pieces to make a major trade.
Still, the fact that ...