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Much like Jefferson, a lot would have to happen for the Celtics to have the capacity to sign Smith. The move would likely only occur if Garnett and Pierce retire or if Boston can trade them.
There is also the question of whether or not Smith would be worth the massive contract he would command.
The man known as J-Smoove is certainly a very good basketball player, someone who seems to be one of the biggest All-Star snubs each and every year.
However, he cannot be "the guy." He just isn't that type of player, and if the Celtics invest too much money into Smith long-term, chances are they will handicap themselves and not be able to surround him with the necessary talent to win.
Of course, there is the possibility that Smith's price drops and he doesn't get the kind of money he expects. There is also the potential that he takes a bit less to play in Boston, a place he has expressed his fondness for in the past. But, you can't count on either of those things.
Looking at Smith's numbers this season, it's hard to think of him as a max contract type of guy. After all, he is averaging only .074 win shares per 48 minutes, below the approximate league average of .100. The funny thing is, Smith's career average in that category is .099. It seems very hard to believe given that he is a fantasy basketball owner's dream, but hey: Numbers don't lie.
Smith will undoubtedly be the top player on the C's' radar should they have enough cap space, however. I mean, rumor has it that the Celtics almost dealt Pierce to acquire his services at the trade deadline.
Again, J-Smoove is a very nice piece in the right situation, but if you're asking him to be your No. 1 guy and paying him like a superstar? No.
Boston would be better served making a trade for someone like Marcin Gortat and pairing him with Garnett (if he returns) up front.