Who's Positioned to Win the Josh Smith Sweepstakes?

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Who's Positioned to Win the Josh Smith Sweepstakes?
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With the NBA trade deadline just under a week away, Josh Smith's name has been popping up in trade rumors with increasing frequency.

Because he'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, it's practically a foregone conclusion that Smith will be playing somewhere other than Atlanta next year. But along with that near certainty, there are a handful of tricky questions attached to his future.

For example, will he leave town via trade or will he walk away and leave the Hawks with nothing in return? And if he does end up being dealt, what team would want to assume the risk that he'd leave it without re-signing?

Perhaps most importantly, which version of Smith would any potential suitor be acquiring in a trade? The malcontent with terrible shot selection, or the defensive force with stunning athleticism? Both sides of the 27-year-old's Jekyll-and-Hyde personality have been present at times this year.

Even though it's hard to know for sure where he'll end up and who he'll be when he gets there, a few front-runners for J-Smoove's services have emerged in recent days.

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