Boston Celtics Trade Rumors: Why Josh Smith Won't Be Coming to Beantown

Ethan NorofCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2012

Smith is having an impressive season for Atlanta.
Smith is having an impressive season for Atlanta.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith is an interesting trade target for teams looking to add youth and athleticism, two areas where the Boston Celtics could certainly use an upgrade.

Smith has one season and $13.2 million remaining on his current contract after the season, and it's unclear whether his long-term future is in Atlanta.

Prior to the 2011 draft, the Hawks had "started to gauge" interest in Smith's services around the league.

Smith hasn’t requested a trade, but has privately told league friends that the Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic are his preferred destinations should the Hawks decide to move him.

This isn't the first time we've heard Smith's name in connection to the Celtics, and it might not be the last.

Regardless of what Danny Ainge is saying publicly, there is no doubt that the Celtics are in the market. Boston will be aggressive from now until the March 15 deadline in an attempt to find a way to improve the current construction of the roster.

But that doesn't mean a trade for Smith is imminent, nor does it indicate that the scenario is even a possibility.

there are rumblings from Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News that the Celtics are intrigued with the

Let me preface the following rumor with the following—it's straight from the "take it for what it's worth" department, and it smells pretty foul.

With the Big Three’s window now shut, Ainge is trying to land Atlanta’s Josh Smith and other young studs, while offering up Kevin Garnett.

There are no unnamed sources in the report and nothing to suggest it has any validity.

A straight up swap of the two players doesn't work financially.

The New York Daily News report suggests that the Celtics are looking for Smith and "other young studs" for Garnett—that is not going to happen.

Plain and simple: such a move makes absolutely no sense for Atlanta.

If the Hawks are actively seeking to move Smith, he could yield a much stronger return than the 35-year-old Garnett, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Smith is having a career season for the Hawks.

Averaging 16.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.1 blocks, Smith has been incredibly active on both ends of the court and was one of the more egregious All-Star snubs.

And now Atlanta is going to deal him (along with other "young" assets) to trade for Garnett?

It just doesn't make sense.

The report is very careful to state that Ainge is "trying to land" Smith, which could definitely be the case.

He can try all he'd like. That's part of the job of being a general manager.

However, let's be realistic when exploring the scenario.

Something isn't adding up, and there is just no reason that Atlanta would have an interest in the outlined proposal.

It doesn't improve their team now or in the future.

It's time to put this rumor to bed.