According to NESN, the team is looking to add the 26-year-old big man, which would create a fearsome young duo of Rajon Rondo and Smith.
It's not going to be easy for Boston to finalize a deal for Smith since the team does not have many young assets to give away, but it is crucial that the team find a way to get the young star.
The team needs players for the future. While it already has one of the best point guards in the league in the 26-year-old Rondo, adding another budding superstar would give the Celtics a bright future.
The Hawks are denying any interest in trading Smith publicly, but the rumors have been swirling for months. However, with rumors that the team likely will not be able to extend his contract, we will have to see if the team changes its position down the road.
It looks like the team will need to get Brandon Bass involved in the trade, most likely through a sign-and-trade scenario, according to CSN's A. Sherrod Blakely.
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The former first-round pick played an important role for the C's last season, averaging 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. However, if the Hawks insist on taking the 27-year-old in a deal for Smith, he must be traded.
Smith's 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game prove that he is a versatile forward, and we could see him play even better with Rondo running the offense instead of Jeff Teague.
While it will be a difficult transition for Celtics fans to see stars like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett start to become less important to the team, it is time for Boston to bring in young talent and start rebuilding.
Smith would be key in this rebuilding process, as coupling him with Rondo would give the Celtics a core around which they can build for years to come.
With two 26-year-olds leading the way, the Celtics will have everything they need to begin challenging the Miami Heat for supremacy in the East once again.