Celtics Trade Rumors: Boston Would Be Ideal Landing Spot for Josh Smith
Check out this tweet by the Journal Times' Gery Woelfel:
I keep hearing Josh Smith's primary destination is Boston.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 14, 2013
Now, it is certainly fair to question how relevant this information is. Woelfel is a beat writer for the Milwaukee Bucks. I'm not trying to suggest that he is making this up; I'm just wondering how well-connected his sources are.
If the Celtics are interested, they don't have the greatest trade pieces. If they are going to make a move for the pending free agent, it is definitely a win-now move. So, it would be foolish to trade Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett.
Boston would have to get the Hawks to bite on someone like Brandon Bass or Courtney Lee and then throw in some expiring contracts to match up the salaries. Celtics fans should be hoping they can pull that off.
The Celtics need added scoring and rebounding in the frontcourt. Smith brings that.
Smith's 17.4 points per game is higher than that of anyone but Pierce on the Celtics, and his 8.6 rebounds per game would lead Boston.
This would allow the Celtics to move Jeff Green to the bench and create some nice lineup flexibility, as Green would be able to fill in for the small or power forward positions. Green has been playing solid basketball since Rondo went down, and he could flourish leading the second unit—while the Celtics would get a big boost in rebounding with Smith.
This move would also ease some of the strain on Garnett and help the veteran save something for the postseason.
This move makes sense. It would strengthen the Celtics for this season, and they would get a nice chance to decide if they want to extend Smith a long-term contract going forward.
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