In a recent column, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe had this to say about the Hawks handling of impending free agent Josh Smith this summer.
Atlanta coach Larry Drew is awaiting his fate, but with the Hawks having eight free agents, expect GM Danny Ferry to make wholesale changes. And the Hawks likely won’t allow Josh Smith to walk without compensation. To attract more suitors, the club likely will offer Smith on sign-and-trade deals. However, Smith is seeking the maximum..
Washburn isn't reporting that the Hawks will sign-and-trade Smith, but raises the possibility, and it makes sense. After all, a sign-and-trade is the only way Smith can join a team over the cap (something many contenders have in common), and the Hawks would have the ability to receive compensation in the deal, something they wouldn't get if Smith simply signs with another team.
Of course, Smith has long been the object of Celtics fans eyes. His athleticism, defensive ability, and long standing inte...