Found February 17, 2013 on
It appears San Antonio could be the potential landing spot for Josh Smith, according to Sam Amico via Fox Sports Ohio.
San Antonio could emerge as a potential landing spot for Smith, according to an Eastern Conference GM. With Smith’s expiring contract, it is believed the Spurs wouldn’t have to surrender much in return — and that coach Gregg Popovich and stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili would be able to keep the sometimes-difficult Smith in line.
This may raise the hopes of San Antonio Spurs fans on a trade this season that may push them over the top of the league. As Amico reports, the Spurs may not be giving up too much in return for Smith besides a big salary such as Stephen Jackson. With the Eastern Conference general manager mentioning that the Spurs' Big 3 and Coach Pop may keep Smith in check, it would only leave Jackson's expiring $10 million deal that makes it possible.
The Spurs may also be forced to throw in Tiago Splitter in the deal. He's on the end of his rookie deal which is seeing him earn $3.9 million this year, but the prospect of keeping Splitter long term and for cheaper than Smith may be what the Hawks demand in return. Splitter has been having a great season compared to his earlier ones in San Antonio, but he's seen as strictly as a system player while Smith is a very good overall player individually. If the Spurs can trade for Smith and keep him after this season, it'll be a win for San Antonio as he can build chemistry with Tony Parker for the long term.
Smith's talents would be well received on the court as he'd make the Spurs an athletic force, but can also create his own shot. The worry some fans and maybe the Spurs' front office may have with Splitter is that he may demand too much in return for being strictly a system player. With a rookie contract, a team with cap space may offer him up more than the Spurs may want to invest in a strictly pick and roll player. He can't create his own shot nor command the attention of the defense on his own. Smith may be asked to be overpaid, but the rewards of a more versatile attack from the Spurs may tempt San Antonio to take the chance.
If the deal goes down, it may also be more on trying to win a title this season to give Tim Duncan a proper send off as David Robinson got in 2003 over a long term plan for the team. With a more athletic defensive minded San Antonio Spurs team, that would certainly push them over the top against any other team.
The Spurs would also keep their depth as most of their shooting guards can play multiple positions as can Smith who's a versatile forward who can play small or power forward.
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SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON?
With the trade deadline fast approaching, reports say that the Celtics are currently weighing options to bring the Hawks forward up to Boston.
The Atlanta Hawks, who are expected to deal forward Josh Smith before Thursday’s trade deadline, reportedly offered the Philadelphia Sixers the 8-year veteran in exchange for swingman and former second overall pick, Evan Turner (13.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.4 apg), and center, Spencer Hawes (10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 blkpg).
via Philadelphia Inquirer:
According to a pair of league sources...
As the NBA trade deadline draws near, everyone’s favorite player to develop scenarios for is Josh Smith. On one level, that’s understandable. He’s an exciting player. He may jack up a jump shot or five that he shouldn’t, but he’s a good defender, an excellent passer, and a holy terror on the fast break. What doesn’t add up, however, are the logical underpinnings...
The Hawks are widely expected to trade Josh Smith before the Feb. 21 deadline.
Josh Smith is still being strongly linked to Boston, and the rumors that are going around swap Brandon Bass and Jeff Green for Josh Smith. Gary Woelfel from Journal Times has been all over the Josh Smith rumors, I do not know how/why he has the insider information, but he has been posting a lot on the latest happenings and Atlanta’s musing regarding their star power forward....
Will Josh Smith become a Celtic? All signs point to no.
Rumors started popping up yesterday about the possibility of Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith joining the Boston Celtics via a trade before Thursday’s trade deadline. This would not be the first time that such rumors have happened. Similar to the situation that the Boston Celtics have with their point-guard Rajon Rondo, Josh...
The Atlanta Hawks seem to be willing to pull the trigger on a Josh Smith trade before Thursday's deadline, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Stein writes that the "Hawks have convinced numerous teams that they're definitely trading" Smith. The thinking is that the Hawks have to trade Smith now, or they will definitely lose him for nothing in free agency. So where...
The Hawks are continuing to look for a trade of Josh Smith.
The Milwaukee Bucks have the assets to possibly intrigue the Atlanta Hawks into parting with Josh Smith. The question is whether J-Smoove would be interested in playing in Milwaukee or if it'd be a half-season rental.
The Racine Journal Times reported that "there are whispers" that the Bucks are interested in Smith. And the offer could be pretty good one.
The Celtics are active on several trade fronts including talks with the Hawks on Josh Smith.
The Hawks are reportedly telling teams Josh Smith will be moved before Thursday’s trade deadline. The Celtics are continuing to show interest in the Atlanta forward.
On Saturday, rumors of a proposed Smith for Jeff Green and Brandon Bass trade leaked. That may not be enough to acquire Smith, though.
The Celtics would need to part with Paul Pierce to get the trade done, according...
FOX Sports South: The Hawks knew that the situation with Josh Smith, who will become a free agent this summer, was going to come to a head at some point. How do you think theyve dealt the trade rumors?
I think theyve dealt with it as well as you possibly can.
They made their presentation to Smith before the season started. One thing we did not hear about on a week-to-week basis...
The three teams most likely to make major moves before the trade deadline are the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that those are the three teams to watch as Thursday's NBA trade deadline approaches. This isn't a surprise. The Hawks are looking to move star forward Josh Smith. The Bucks are willing to trade...
According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Jornal Times (he's a beat guy for the Bucks), the Celtics are 'salivating' over potentially acquiring Josh Smith, and are willing to give up Brandon Bass and Jeff Green for him. From Woelfel's article.
I’ve heard for a few weeks now that Boston is salivating over Atlanta forward Josh Smith and would be receptive to unloading...
The 76ers have been approached by the Atlanta Hawks about a trade of Josh Smith for Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes.