It’s like all the rumors about the Phoenix Suns trading for Atlanta Hawks star Josh Smith have just disappeared. Of course, that could mean it was all just smoke, but I doubt it. The team saw a little spurt of success when head coach Alvin Gentry was fired and replaced with Lindsey Hunter, but it didn’t last long and now the team needs a spark of energy on the floor, not just the sideline. “Energy” is Smith’s middle name, so regardless the validity of the rumors, the Suns need to buckle up and make a hard push to trade for Atlanta’s only remaining gem.
Sure, the Hawks are still technically a playoff team in the Eastern Conference, but we all know they’re not a contender. They couldn’t compete with the big boys when they had Joe Johnson and they sure can’t make any noise without him, regardless of whether or not they ignorantly think they’re a better team without him. So since the Hawks can’t win with their current team, why not move Smith and see if they can put together a nice little package off which to build for the future?
Of course, that doesn’t do anything for the Suns. However, Phoenix has been a Western Conference doormat since Steve Nash left and that won’t change until they bring in another star. Now bringing in Smith certainly won’t make them a contender. Heck, it won’t even make them a playoff team. It will give them something around which to build their franchise and they don’t have that anymore and really haven’t in a long time because isn’t a spring chicken anymore.
Think about it, members of the Suns’ brass. Smith would sell tickets, if nothing else.