NBA Trade Rumors: What Team Is the Best Fit for Josh Smith?

Brittany Johnson@brittanyjo008Contributor IIIFebruary 19, 2013

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Josh Smith's imminent trade has sparked the interest of teams around the league. It has been reported that the Hawks are planning to make the move this week.

With the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks vying for Josh Smith, you have to wonder where he'll be more successful.

One place he will not be traded to is Boston. Kevin Garnett doesn't want to waive his no-trade clause, and the Celtics will not give up Paul Pierce so easily.

That leaves the Nets, Suns, 76ers and the Bucks for Smith. Where will Smith find his niche?

I'm leaning towards Philadelphia. Interestingly enough, the Sixers have stated that any trade would be minor. Obtaining Smith, however, is the perfect move for them.

It is reported Philly is willing to trade Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes for Smith. With their underwhelming performances, Smith would be welcomed with open arms. A team plagued with injuries, a healthy player willing to taking the lead is a necessity.

Smith needs to be a part of this team.

Smith is a game-changer. The eight-year veteran is averaging 17.4 points per game and 8.6 rebounds. He can lift a team to victory, and is what Philly needs.

The Sixers are lacking athleticism in their big men, and Smith will bring strength to their team. When Smith is given room to perform, he can be highly effective. His ability to guard defensively is crucial for the Sixers.

Smith will be challenged at the Sixers, as they are not in a winning position. This will force Smith to take charge and improve his game. With Thaddeus Young out with a hamstring injury, Smith can step in and lead this team.

Additionally, if Smith were able to combine his talents with Andrew Bynum, it could be one of the most dynamic combinations in the league.

Smith needs a wake-up call. Offensively, he hasn't been up to par. He needs to be in a place where he can advance a team. Philadelphia needs an advancement, and Smith is the perfect choice.