Originally written February 01, 2013 on Crossover Chronicles:
With Rudy Gay now off the trade market, NBA trade rumors will latch onto a new player. That player appears to be Josh Smith. And it did not take long for something to coalesce in the rumor mill. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reports the Suns have initiated preliminary discussions with the Hawks for Josh Smith. And, he reports, if Phoenix does not get Smith they would plan on pursuing him in a sign-and-trade deal. That thought, might push trade discussions past the trade deadline. As Kennedy points out, the Suns are looking for a "big-name" player to jumpstart their post-Steve Nash era. They went after Eric Gordon in free agency only to see New Orleans match the max offer Phoenix offered Gordon. The Suns clearly do not want to be down too long. And Smith, if his reporting that the Suns view Smith as a franchise cornerstone, would fit that bill. That seems to be a win-win for Atlanta, Smith and Phoenix. The Hawks inability to sign an extension and their somewhat open sh...
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