My oh my, how the superstars continue to fall from grace in Atlanta.
First, there was Joe Johnson and now, there's Josh Smith. Truthfully, even before the Atlanta Hawks dealt Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets, Smith's future embodied ambiguity.
That is, until now.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Hawks have resigned to dealing Smith before the NBA's trade deadline. Nothing is imminent, but it appears that the forward's destructive behavior and fleeting loyalty has finally pushed this union beyond repair.
So, now what?
To start, I'd grab a tropical beverage and your favorite candy bar, because it's going to be awhile. Baleful persona and all, a barrage of suitors are going to lineup with the hopes of landing Smith's services and the Hawks will be forced to sift through a vast array of offers.
Trading the yet-to-be-named-an-All-Star is easier said, written and theorized than done, though. Intricacies that stretch beyond his cataclysmic personality exist, such as striking an accord that benefits all parties involved.
Atlanta's list will also (likely) be limited to teams Smith would be open to re-signing with. Set to explore free agency this summer, no team will trade any assets of ample value if Smith remains a flight risk. And yeah, his erratic, and sometimes cancerous behavior will play a role as well.
Which teams will look past his conflicting persona and make a push for the athletically inclined Smith? And which of those represent the best fits?
Smith's tenure in Atlanta seems to have come to end, yet the road to his ultimate departure has only just begun.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and 82games.com unless otherwise noted.