The Atlanta Hawks are motivated to move Josh Smith. The nine-year veteran has been a productive player in his career, and he has remained relatively healthy throughout. Yet, it makes financial sense for the Hawks to move forward without him if they can get the right return. And it seems they will have plenty of teams they can partner with.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Hawks wants to get talent back, but they do not want a high priced veteran in return for Smith. The Hawks have talked to numerous teams about a potential deal, but the most likely candidates seem to be the Phoenix Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics, or the Brooklyn Nets.
The Hawks are currently 29-22 and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. They are not looking to make this Smith trade just for the sake of making it. Whatever the Hawks get in return will need to help propel them forward and keep them in contention.
Smith is such a valued commodity on the trade market because of his versatility. He is a small forward who can do it all. So far this season, Smith is averaging 17.4 points and 8.4 boards. In his career, he has averaged 15.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
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