Brooklyn Nets Still “Aggressively Pursuing” Josh Smith from Hawks

The Brooklyn Nets are aggressively pursuing a trade for Atlanta Hawks star forward Josh Smith, league sources told ESPN.Reports surfaced late last night from Chris Broussard, via Twitter.   According to him, the Brooklyn Nets were “aggressively pursuing” a trade for Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks to fill their issue at power forward.

The Nets situation at power forward is a real problem for the team and it is becoming clear that an upgrade of some sort needs to be made.  Kris Humphries lost his job to Reggie Evans. But while Evans brings the Nets a much needed tenacity and rebounding prowess, he is extremely limited on the offensive end, and that causes problems.

Billy King will certainly be looking around the league to add a piece prior to the February 21st NBA trade deadline.

From Chris Broussard of ESPN

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The Brooklyn Nets are aggressively pursuing a trade for Atlanta Hawks star forward Josh Smith, league sources told ESPN.

The two teams are engaged in discussions, but one source said while “there has been lots of talk, nothing is close yet.”

As the NBA’s Feb. 21 trade deadline nears, Brooklyn is proving to be one of the most active teams in the league.

The Nets are willing to give up Humphries and second-year shooting guard MarShon Brooks for Smith. But it almost certainly will take more than a Humphries-Brooks combination to pry Smith away from Atlanta, and one source said the Hawks want Brooklyn’s first-round pick.

Some scenarios that have been discussed include the Hawks’ Anthony Morrow, who played the past two seasons with the Nets, returning to the club.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Saturday that the Hawks want a young center in return for Smith.

The Nets may have to get a third team involved to pull off a trade for Smith.