Josh Smith is without question one of the most talented power forwards in the NBA. With the Hawks slowly falling out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, Atlanta may look to move Smith at the deadline. The 27-year-old is owed $13.2 million in 2012-2013 and is on the last year of his contract. It would be wise of the Hawks, if Smith is no longer in their long-term plans, to get something for him before he walks away for nothing at the end of the season.
From a basketball perspective, Smith would be a great fit for the Nets. He’s an elite athlete, who is highly-productive on both ends of the floor. He’s averaging 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, and could be a nice complement to Brook Lopez.
While Smith would improve the Nets' interior defense and fast-break offense, he's notorious for taking ill-advised jump shots that are beyond his range. There is a chance he could disrupt the Nets offense that relies on players being unselfish, moving the ball and finding the open man.
From a financial perspective, acquiring Smith would be a risky move. He’ll most likely be looking for a near max deal at season’s end, and Brooklyn already has three max contract players on its roster.
Trading for Smith makes the Nets instant title contenders in 2013, but it’s unlikely the team would be able to sign him to a long-term contract. Even still, he's well worth consideration if the right deal presents itself.