Josh Smith Trade Rumors Tracker: Recapping the Latest Buzz

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

Jan 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) and center Al Horford (15) during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
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Josh Smith is certain to be a hot commodity around the NBA Trade Deadline. The Atlanta Hawks forward is already the subject of a number of key trade rumors. 


UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Less than an hour until the trade deadline and Smith remains a member of the Hawks. That said, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports the Milwaukee Bucks are still talking with Atlanta about the coveted forward.

Sam Amick of USA Today adds that the Phoenix Suns aren't expecting to land Smith, and also lists the Bucks as the favorites.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9:06 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

According to Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times, Phoenix have pulled ahead in the Josh Smith sweepstakes, with a big offer reportedly on the table.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8:03 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that three teams are left in the running for Hawks' forward Josh Smith—Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Phoenix.

Brooklyn are still interested in Smith, but their interest might not just be for the Atlanta Hawks star—though he is their main trade priority still.

Per Alex Raskin at

Nets fans can expect to hear plenty about three players until Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline–Josh Smith, Paul Millsap and Ben Gordon.

While’s Marc Stein predicted that the Nets will be the team that ultimately lands Smith, a league source with knowledge of the team’s thinking believes general manager Billy King was being truthful when he put the probabilities of a trade at “10 percent.” 

The Nets have already offered MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries, but are less inclined to part with a first-round pick, rookie Tyshawn Taylor or the draft rights to Bojan Bogdanović, who is having a solid season for Fenerbahçe in Turkey. Basically any offer the Nets can put together will be based around Humphries’ salary (he is owed $12 million next season, as well), Brooks’ promise and the aforementioned assets.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski wrote that the Nets are “solely focused” on Smith, but the aforementioned source said that is definitely not the case.

Steve Kyler at reports that Milwaukee have pulled ahead in the Josh Smith sweepstakes, with Monta Ellis key to their bid.

The Milwaukee Bucks are at the front of the line regarding Atlanta’s Josh Smith. Word is the Smith is at least open to the idea of playing with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, meaning any deal with Atlanta would either require a third team or for Atlanta to take back less desirable assets.

It is believed Atlanta wants Monta Ellis in any deal for Smith and that might be a deal breaker for Milwaukee. There have been reports that Ellis will opt out of his deal and explore free agency in July, so the threat of losing two core pieces in July might change Milwaukee’s stance.

The Bucks have been trying to find a home for Samuel Dalembert and Drew Gooden for most of the season and with Smith on their radar, off-season signee Ersan Ilyasova is said to be available too. None of those pieces work for Atlanta, however if both sides can find a third team willing to take on some of the contract dollars and return better assets to Atlanta a deal could be worked out. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:02 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Boston Celtics could be interested in a deal for Smith that would see Paul Pierce possibly come to Atlanta.

The Brooklyn Nets are also thought to be still interested in Smith as well.

If the Celtics trade Garnett before the deadline, they would move Pierce, too, sources said. For the Celtics, the chance to get Bledsoe and Jordan could be a prelude to trying to package Pierce in a possible deal to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith, sources said.

The Hawks also have discussed sending Pierce onto a third team in some previous conversations around the league. The Nets are trying to make a deal for Smith, too, and have offered Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and either a future first-round pick or the draft rights to Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic, sources said.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10:22 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

In what HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy refers to as the "strangest" rumor he's heard thus far, Smith has been liked to a trade with the New York Knicks. The principles headed back to Atlanta in exchange would be Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:39 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly interested in a deal surrounding Monta Ellis for their star Josh Smith, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 18, at 10:10 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

Josh Smith appears increasingly likely to leave Atlanta before the close of the trade deadline, according to ESPN's Marc Stein

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski also provided the latest on Smith's trade rumors, with Phoenix, Boston and Brooklyn all thought to be tracking the star.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:09 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly had internal discussions regarding Hawks star Josh Smith, according to CBS' Ken Berger.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 12:48 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

The San Antonio Spurs are interested in making a deal for Smith to improve a roster that's already been good enough to post the NBA's best record, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The Spurs are among the teams with interest in Hawks forward Josh Smith, a source told Yahoo! Sports. Keep in mind, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was previously with the Spurs.

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 11, 8:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

The Brooklyn Nets are trying to make a big splash at the trade deadline, and according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, acquiring Atlanta Hawks star power forward Josh Smith is the team’s top priority:


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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 8, at 8:04 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though it once looked likely that the Hawks would hold onto Smith, things have taken a turn for the worse after some contentious contract negotiations. According to's David Aldridge, the Hawks are considering trading Smith after letting him know they would not offer him a maximum contract this summer:

The Atlanta Hawks are entertaining trade offers around the league for forward Josh Smith, but have yet to decide whether they will deal the ninth-year forward, according to league sources. The Hawks met with Smith's representatives this week, at which point the team indicated it was not willing to give Smith a max contract after this season, according to a source.

ESPN's Chris Broussard comes through with more details on a possible Smith deal, following up on Aldridge's report. Per Broussard, there is a 60 percent chance the 27-year-old forward will be on the move, and the Brooklyn Nets are interested:

The only problem with a potential move for Smith is that general manager Danny Ferry has long been opposed to taking back any long-term salary. The Hawks have positioned themselves to have room for multiple maximum-contract deals this summer, and it wouldn't make sense to trade Smith without getting a desirable piece in return.

If a team steps up with a top-shelf youngster, though, don't be surprised to see Smith on the move. 

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After nine seasons in Atlanta, Smith is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. As a talented wing player who can fill up a score sheet, he will definitely get a nice paycheck from someone.

Before that point, however, Atlanta has to decide what to do with him. The team is only in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and a long shot to contend for an NBA title.

As a result, the Hawks are considering a trade for their leading scorer in an effort to acquire something in return before he can choose to walk in free agency.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reports that a few teams have already made calls about what it will take to get Smith in a trade:

On the other hand, ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Smith is unlikely to be traded this season:

I've likewise heard from a couple of teams that have pursued Smith in recent weeks that they've cooled on the idea because the 27-year-old is likewise reluctant to commit to a Carmelo Anthony-style extension as part of the trade.

Stein also says that the Hawks are looking forward to having cap space and do not want to take on a big contract in return.

Last season, Smith had career-high averages in both points and rebounds per game. While his numbers are a little down from that mark this year, few players can compete with his average of 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists and 2.2 blocks per game.

The 27-year-old star is a complete player and will cost a lot for any team looking to trade for him.

Still, the fact that he can take a good team and turn it into a contender is incredibly appealing. This will likely keep him on trade-watch until the deadline.

Check back for the latest rumors as more information comes out.