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Celtics Trade Rumors: Boston Would Be Ideal Landing Spot for Josh Smith

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 11:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Center on February 11, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2013

With the Boston Celtics springing to life after the season-ending injury of Rajon Rondo, it is time for them to become buyers before the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline. 

Buying on Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith would be a great place to turn, and there is a growing buzz that that deal could become a reality. 

Check out this tweet by the Journal Times' Gery Woelfel:

Now, it is certainly fair to question how relevant this information is. Woelfel is a beat writer for the Milwaukee Bucks. I'm not trying to suggest that he is making this up; I'm just wondering how well-connected his sources are.

If the Celtics are interested, they don't have the greatest trade pieces. If they are going to make a move for the pending free agent, it is definitely a win-now move. So, it would be foolish to trade Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett

Boston would have to get the Hawks to bite on someone like Brandon Bass or Courtney Lee and then throw in some expiring contracts to match up the salaries. Celtics fans should be hoping they can pull that off.

The Celtics need added scoring and rebounding in the frontcourt. Smith brings that.

Smith's 17.4 points per game is higher than that of anyone but Pierce on the Celtics, and his 8.6 rebounds per game would lead Boston. 

This would allow the Celtics to move Jeff Green to the bench and create some nice lineup flexibility, as Green would be able to fill in for the small or power forward positions. Green has been playing solid basketball since Rondo went down, and he could flourish leading the second unit—while the Celtics would get a big boost in rebounding with Smith. 

This move would also ease some of the strain on Garnett and help the veteran save something for the postseason. 

This move makes sense. It would strengthen the Celtics for this season, and they would get a nice chance to decide if they want to extend Smith a long-term contract going forward. 

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