Rumors: Josh Smith likes the Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the top contenders to land Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, and lucky for them, it seems Smith is interested in them as well.  The concern for any team that trades for Smith is that his contract is up after this season.  So the team who gets him will either need to work out a new deal or just use him for half a season.

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Smith has said he is not opposed to re-signing with the Bucks in the offseason if he is traded there.  While some have knocked Milwaukee's chances at landing Smith, the 29-year old is interested in winning.  If he feels the talent that would surround him in Milwaukee is better, he would want to go there.

The trade deadline is 3 PM EST today.  The Hawks will have to make a decision soon.  If they keep Smith, they risk losing him to another team in the offseason.  If they trade him, they could impact their playoff chances.  Right now, the Hawks are firmly in contention to make the postseason.

Smith has averaged 15.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in his career.  He has stepped that up this season and is averaging 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.  He can be an impact player no matter where he is traded.

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