The latest trade news around the NBA involves none other than the Brooklyn Nets. League sources have said for days that San Antonio, Brooklyn and Charlotte all have strong interest in the Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith. It is highly unlikely at this point that a two-team trade with the Nets would work for Smith since Atlanta will not just give him away.
Perhaps no name is spinning on the rumor mill more than that of Josh Smith of Atlanta. Everyone from San Antonio to Brooklyn to Charlotte supposedly has a strong interest. Smith is one of six expiring contracts on the Hawks’ roster, and when you consider the power forward’s overall talent (17.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg), landing Smith would be like hitting the lottery’s daily double.
The Nets would really like to move forward Kris Humphries, who has struggled mightily in the season after landing a new deal (two years at a reported $24 million). It is believed the Nets would like to get a third team involved, making a deal involving Smith and Humphries easier.
Grant and Hawks GM Danny Ferry are tight (Grant was Ferry’s assistant when Ferry was GM in Cleveland), as are Ferry and Nets GM Billy King. That has led to speculation the Cavs could become that third team in a Hawks-Nets deal. Grant also supposedly spent some time on the phone with King last week.
The Cavs are seeking (more) draft picks. In order to land one, they’ll supposedly take on a player whose contract expires at the end of next season (such as Humphries).