Josh Smith went public with his trade request at quite possibly the worst time.
With all of the aforementioned injuries, Smith has carried the load for the team offensively and received barely any consistent help from the rest of the team.
Sure, Teague has played well in short bursts, and Zaza Pachulia has had several nice outings in the last few games, but no consistent offensive force has emerged outside of the acrobatic Smith.
The Hawks' best bet at trade deadline would likely be to pay attention to the fact that the Magic are willing to go do anything to keep Dwight Howard.
With Smith being Howard's longtime pal since high school, it would certainly be the best method to keep Howard in Orlando.
Not to mention that the dynamic duo would make up the most athletic frontcourt in the NBA, save for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
The Hawks would not walk away empty-handed, though, as an acquisition of the emerging Ryan Anderson and seasoned Jameer Nelson would lessen the blow of losing their circus dunk artist.
While Anderson may not be on Smith's level, he is only scratching the surface of his potential and is three years younger than Smith.
Acquiring Nelson would give him a fresh start as he has struggled a bit this year, while also giving the Hawks a veteran guard to take some of the pressure off of the up-and-coming Teague.
If they are able to pull off this trade and maybe acquire a young player to bolster their bench, they could catapult themselves into being serious playoff contenders. Especially if they are able to get back Horford and Johnson at full health.