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Celtics eyeing Josh Smith?

Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:59 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 1:04 pm
Could Smith be shipping up to Boston soon? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Any day now. Any day, we're going to all be talking about the big trade the Celtics just made. Because there's just too much smoke for there not to be a fire.

There's the Rajon Rondo stuff, which is complicated. But there's also been chatter about the Celtics shopping their other core members. Including this from the New York Daily News:
"Ainge is trying to land Atlanta's Josh Smith and other young studs, while offering up Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen can also be had, for young players and draft picks. Rajon Rondo might be leaving, too, with the Lakers and Utah seen as possible destinations."
Two deals there are interesting: 1) Rondo for Smith straight up. The Celtics get a younger player to be a cornerstone for the future inside, while the Hawks get what they desperately need, a point guard to orchestrate the offense.

And 2) Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen for Smith, Kirk Hinrich and Zaza Pachulia.  The Celtics cut ties with their core and bring in a completely capable power forward to replace Garnett, while the Hawks, a team stuck in neutral, get Garnett and Allen giving them the chance to maybe make an actual run for once. While at the same time opening up some cap flexibility in the future.

Did I just spend 20 minutes playing with the Trade Machine to come up with those? Yes, yes I did.

Point is, the Celtics are looking at maybe shaking everything up. It's hard to see them moving Paul Pierce as he's been a part of that organization for so long as still appears to have good years left, but it might be time to finally break away from Ubuntu and start making moves. Because this Celtics team isn't winning anything any time soon. Heck, it's a question as to if they're making the playoffs right now.

Ainge tried to get younger in acquiring Jeff Green lasts season, but obviously that backfired. And he's certainly looking at doing the same this year too. He doesn't want to go through a total rebuild, not after all these good years. He wants to restock and retool the team by grabbing some young talent. And the only way to do that is to rip the bandaid right off and make a tough call on your key players.


Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:05 pm

Celtics eyeing Josh Smith?

if the hawks get kevin garnett and ray allen. they would be getting 30 million in cap space i dont know the hawks salary cap situation but i know it cant be that good with joe johnsons contract

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:12 pm

Celtics eyeing Josh Smith?

Hawks would be dumb to give up too much to rent to older players for a few weeks. The trade that might make sense is for Hawks to find out what Celts would want for Rondo, Garnet and Allen

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:50 pm

Celtics eyeing Josh Smith?

I would boycott Hawks basketball if they made that second trade.  KG and Ray Allen would be 1/3 season rentals and would leave after the season.  Why would the Hawks want to give up Josh Smith, Hinrich's expiring deal and Zaza for two rental players that really don't make the Hawks that much better.

If the Celtics threw in Brandon Bass and a 1st round pick then I'd say pull the trigger but otherwise I would stick to something like this:

Hawks get:

Paul Pierce
Jermaine O'Neal

Celtics get:

Josh Smith
Jeff Teague
Marvin Williams

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:24 pm

Celtics eyeing Josh Smith?

I can get on board Allen/KG for Smith/Heinrich/Pachulia...I hate seeing them go, especially KG, but obviously they don't wanna complete rebuild, so this is a good way to do it on the fly.

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