Report: Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith Possible Trade to Phoenix?

Andy HuSenior Writer IIFebruary 1, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 19:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks walks down the court after a turnover against the San Antonio Spurs at Philips Arena on January 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With the Rudy Gay trade already completed, is Josh Smith the next big name to be moved? 

Smith has seen his share of trade speculation throughout the past few seasons, including this one, but the Atlanta Hawks never wanted to pull the trigger and let Smith leave the highlight factory.

According to Alex Kennedy of USA Today Sports, the Charlotte Bobcats, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns are some of the potential landing places for the versatile forward.

After failed trade talks with the Memphis Grizzlies to snatch Gay (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports), the Suns are still desperately trying to add an All-Star-caliber player to the roster.

Out of the other possible destinations for Smith, the Mavericks and Bobcats are basically in the same situation as the Suns—they have good players but are still underachieving, so Smith could potentially be that game-changing presence they need.

On the other hand, the Rockets are already in the midst of a successful rebuild. Smith would probably be the best fit with the Rockets' fast, high-powered offense.

Just imagine how entertaining the Rockets would be in transition with the high-flying highlight machine. Fans would definitely be getting their money's worth.


The Suns have expressed the most interest in Smith, and they are trying to construct a package centered around center Marcin Gortat.

It's not a surprise that the Suns are still trying to find that one player that they can label as their new face of the franchise. Not only will he attract more audience, but it also gives the Suns a proven player to build their team around. 

There isn't anything worth celebrating in the heart of Arizona right now, as the Suns are constantly drifting near the bottom of the Western Conference. 

Maybe a Smith sighting in Phoenix would give the fans something to cheer about, but do they have the pieces to pull off a trade with the Hawks?