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Josh Smith is attracting a lot of attention in the trade market.
While this trade rumor has been discussed ad nauseam since Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported the Spurs were interested in Josh Smith, it's intriguing nevertheless.
Spears conjures a valid notion, pointing to the fact that Atlanta Hawks' General Manager Danny Ferry has a past with the Spurs both as a player and in the front office.
That may not mean much in terms of making or breaking this deal, but his conservative history as a GM and Vice President of Basketball Operations lends that he's not afraid to move a high-priced asset.
Does Joe Johnson ring a bell?
Pro Basketball Talk argues that the Spurs don't have much to offer for Smith's services, but if you recall, Ferry traded Johnson for chips, and not the good kind.
This could be especially telling considering Johnson was locked into a long-term contract while Smith is likely to enter free agency this summer looking for a max deal.
Who's to say Ferry won't send him packing in exchange for some expiring contracts and picks?
It's plausible, but this move is so far from San Antonio's M.O. it's hard to imagine it coming to fruition.