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NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 3:53 pm
 
The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly targeting Enes Kanter and want to trade Josh Smith to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick. Posted by Benjosh-smith Golliver.

Earlier this week, we noted that the Atlanta Hawks and forward Josh Smith could be on a path to parting ways.

On Thursday, hours before the 2011 NBA Draft, Yahoo! Sports reports that the Hawks are pushing Smith on the Minnesota Timberwolves, in hopes of landing the No. 2 overall selection.
In a lust to draft center Enes Kanter, the Atlanta Hawks are trying to engage the Minnesota Timberwolves in discussions to trade Josh Smith for the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

Hawks GM Rick Sund has been hugely interested in Kanter throughout the pre-draft process, sources said, and has clearly been looking to find a deal for Smith. Under the salary cap, the Wolves could absorb the $13 million-plus owed him next season without sending back corresponding contracts.
The presence of power forward Kevin Love in Minnesota makes a straight-up Smith trade questionable, however the Timberwolves could always send him elsewhere or turn this into a three- team deal, using their cap space to facilitate player movement. If he was there to stay, he'd swing to a wing position, prompting mismatches with his size and length but causing headaches any time he attempted a shot from the perimeter.

The Hawks' pursuit of Kanter also comes with questions, as Arizona forward Derrick Williams has been the consensus No. 2 overall pick in the lead up to the draft. Most analysts have Kanter going No. 3 overall to the Utah Jazz, but the Jazz don't have much room in a crowded frontcourt to add Smith. Meanwhile, the Hawks already have a franchise center in place in Al Horford. At 6-foot-11, 260 pounds, Kanter is generally projected as a five but could possibly be shifted to the four. 

The primary motivation for any Smith trade is financial. From Atlanta's perspective, being able to dump his contract outright on a team with cap space, like the Timberwolves, would be ideal.

Comments

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:43 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

Does this writer pay attention to sports? The Atlanta Hawks do have a center in place but he is truly a forward, not a center. So, he is not the franchse center. He has been requesting for the Hawks to get a true center for the past year or two so he can move to his true position at forward. In other words, if the Hawks got rid of Josh Smith and gained Enes Kanter, it would be GREAT!




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:23 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

Let Orlando in the three team deal.  We will give the Wolves what they want.  A good young point guard.  Not elite by any means, but better than anyone they could get in the draft.

For the life of me, I can't figure out who you're talking about.  It can't be Jameer Nelson, who's 29 years old and doesn't fit the "good young point guard" description.  Same for Chris Duhon.  Did I miss someone on the roster?

But, with Flynn and Rubio on the roster already, what makes you think PG is what the Wolves want?  If they were going to add a PG, it would seem like a consistent veteran mentor would be the direction they'd be looking. 



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:53 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

"the Hawks already have a franchise center in place in Al Horford."

^^ Fail. Al Horford is a true PF playing center. They are looking to make this move to allow Al Horford to play full time at the PF position.




Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:08 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

This doesnt sound good enough for a #2 pick...Just take Williams and try to trade the 20th pick and Flynn for something....Rubio...Love...Beasley

...Williams....and Wes Johnson with a competent big man would be a good core to grow with.....



Since: Jun 1, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:04 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

Smith, J Flynn to Philly,
Igoudala, Collins to Minnesota,
#2 and Speights to Atlanta



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:46 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

Let Orlando in the three team deal. We will give the Wolves what they want. A good young point guard. Not elite by any means, but better than anyone they could get in the draft. Heck we'll give ya Redick too!



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 3:37 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Josh Smith for No. 2 pick?

Atlanta is going to be stuck with that one-demensional Josh Smith until his contract runs it's full course. hahahah


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