NBA trade rumors are catching like wildfire now that the deadline is a week away, but one of the most intriguing is the San Antonio Spurs reported interest in acquiring forward Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks. While this trade scenario should be regarded as just a rumor, the move makes a lot of sense for the Spurs as well as the Hawks, depending on what they would get in return for Smith.
Smith is the type of mobile, defensively talented forward that would thrive under Gregg Popovich. Despite their 41-12 record the Spurs haven’t gotten much this season from veteran Stephen Jackson or DeJuan Blair and have needed to rely on Tiago Splitter as a front court compliment to Tim Duncan. Smith’s presence and athleticism would be a needed addition to the aging Spurs roster that has endured injuries to stars Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili at some point this season.
Hypothetically speaking, if the potential Josh Smith experiment with the Spurs doesn’t work out as planned, Smith will be a free agent at the end of the season and the Spurs could simply let him walk at a minimal cost. If the Spurs could somehow convince the Hawks to take Stephen Jackson, who is also a pending free agent this summer at about $10 million, and maybe throw in a first round pick then the Smith trade is worth the risk, at least in the short term.
Josh Smith may not be a knock down shooter or the most pleasant personality in the NBA, but he does offer a lot of value on the defensive end and his athleticism at 6’9”, 225 lbs makes him an intriguing player to add to the championship contending Spurs. If I were them, I’d find a way to make this trade rumor a reality.