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According to the New York Daily News, the Boston Celtics may be interested in breaking up their “Big Three” trio of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to gain some young stars to build around for the future. One of those young studs mentions was Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.
More specifically, a trade sending Smith to the Celtics in exchange for Garnett was mentioned in the report.
The Hawks would likely be able to swindle a couple of more players from Boston in the deal, but Smith is younger, healthier, and at this point, a better overall player than Garnett.
Garnett, whose contract expires at the end of the season, would be better suited being traded to a team for the remainder of the season that is “one piece away” from seriously contending for a championship (like the Memphis Grizzlies, assuming Zach Randolph doesn’t return when expected).
While I am sure the Celtics wouldn’t mind acquiring Smith for the aging Garnett, I don’t see why in a million years the Hawks would do this rumored deal. If the Hawks really are looking to trade Smith, which is highly doubtful, they would be able to get much better return for him somewhere else.
It’s not as though the wheels are completely falling off the bus down in Atlanta. The Hawks are currently in the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and only two games out of the three seed.