NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Wizards' Interest in Josh Smith Won't Evolve into Deal

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NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Wizards' Interest in Josh Smith Won't Evolve into Deal
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The Washington Wizards—just like the other 28 teams in the NBA—have interest in Josh Smith, but they don't have the necessary assets to acquire the ultra-athletic power forward.

Well, they do, but according to ESPN's Chris Broussard they aren't willing to give any of them up as the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline approaches:

No arguments on this front. 

Josh Smith is a special player, and while he has the occasional bouts of severe inefficiency on the offensive end he can positively affect every aspect of the game in a way that few others are capable of. 

But John Wall is a 22-year-old point guard who already has two 16-point, eight-assist seasons under his belt.

Bradley Beal is a 19-year-old sharpshooting 2-guard with a drool-worthy skill set who fits perfectly next to Wall and is already showing signs of massive improvement—in January, he knocked down over two treys per contest at a staggering 50.8 percent clip. 

Together, Wall and Beal make up one of the most talented young backcourts in the league, and breaking that up for a 27-year-old soon-to-be free agent is as silly as string, no matter how talented said 27-year-old might be. 

The decision to include Nene—who is owed $39 million over the next three seasons—on the untouchable list is a little more of a head-scratcher, but it's understandable the Wiz don't want to sell low on the Brazilian. 

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As such, don't expect this newest rumor to develop into anything serious.

After those three, the Wizards simply don't have a lot to give up.

Trevor Ariza might be intriguing, but he has a player option worth over $7 million next year that the Hawks likely don't want to deal with. Emeka Okafor is twice as expensive. Jan Vesely has failed to live up to expectations as the No. 6 pick in 2011. 

Kevin Seraphin, Martell Webster and Jordan Crawford—quality role players for cheap—are really the only intriguing trade chips the Wizards possess, but in a market where Smith is commodity No. 1 those assets likely won't be enough to compete with other offers. 

The idea of the high-flying Smith running the court with Wall and Beal in a Wizards uniform is likely an exhilarating one for Wizards fans, but it's improbable at best. 

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