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Josh Smith could fit in nicely with the Mavericks.
This year's Mavericks are looking like a pathetic version of the 2011 NBA Championship team.
It hasn't helped that their star player, Dirk Nowitzki, missed the first 27 of their 48 games after having knee surgery.
With Dallas' dire need of an offensive spark, and owner Mark Cuban's generous wallet, Josh Smith could get the high-profile attention and big money wearing a Mavs uniform.
Nowitzki's 14.7 points per game is the lowest since his rookie year in 1998-99 and is second on the team behind O.J. Mayo's 18 points per game (as of Feb. 10).
Forwards Vince Carter and Shawn Marion are averaging double digits but, like Nowitzki, they are not getting any younger.
Marion told ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon that he expects the Mavs to inform him about getting traded if it were to happen, but would refuse to leave if it's to a non-contender.
Well, the Hawks are an above-.500 team that is better positioned for the playoffs than the Mavericks. And if the Mavs really want Smith, they could let Marion go, along with the $9.3 million they would owe him next season.
The only thing is whether Dallas' front office thinks Smith is worth such a huge contract.