Sean Devaney of The Sporting News says the Celtics will set their sights on Josh Smith if they can move Paul Pierce without taking on any additional salary:
As for the rebuilding sure to follow the dismantling, that is contingent on what happens with Pierce. If the Celtics can unload Pierce to a team with enough cap space to absorb his salary, they will get a trade exception worth Pierce’s salary, or $15.3 million. And if that happens, the plan is already in place. According to a source, the Celtics have a sign-and-trade offer ready for Atlanta forward Josh Smith that would be the top priority in free agency.
Smith has long been connected to Boston in trade rumors, including one that would have sent Pierce to Atlanta in February. His link to the current Celtics dates back to high school, when he played with point guard Rajon Rondo at Oak Hill.
Cleveland and Milwaukee are two teams with cap space and alleged interest in Paul Pierce.
But according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Celtics are...