Let’s be honest. It’s been pretty quiet thus far in terms of making deals. There hasn’t been a deal made this week and the rumors aren’t as heavy as they usually are a few days before the trading deadline. Why is that?
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has the answer:
Said an NBA executive on trade talk: “It’s actually quiet. Everyone is waiting for Josh Smith to be moved first.”
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 20, 2013
Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, as we know, is likely going to be moved. But to where? And for who? Is it going to be Brooklyn? The Boston Celtics? What about the Milwaukee Bucks? Would the Lakers make a move for him?
Smith is a free agent after this summer and whoever gets him will risk losing him if they can’t pay the money that he wants. Smith wants something close to a max deal — or the max deal itself. The power forward is rumored to go to basically half the league.
But basically, teams don’t want to make any deals because there’s a chance for them to go get Smith. Once Smith gets traded, then a domino effect may happen. Still, teams aren’t exactly excited to take on long-term deals. The new luxury tax from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) may have something to do with that. And there’s also the fact that the free agent class of 2014 is huge. Let’s put it this way: that free agent class could include LeBron James. Even though Miami has the advantage to that, there have been rumblings that he may go back to Cleveland after the 2013-14 season.
In any case, it’s likely Smith will get moved before the trading deadline, which is 3 p.m. EST on Thursday. Otherwise, the Hawks could lose him for nothing and they don’t want that to happen.
Josh Smith is averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.1 blocks. The Hawks are 29-22 and are sixth in the Eastern Conference.