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2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.2 steals, 17.8 PER
Free-Agency Status: Unrestricted
Keep on dreaming, Boston Celtics fans.
No, I'm being serious. I absolutely love that about the Celtics fanbase. They're equally as brutal as New York or Los Angeles fanatics, yet more optimistic at the same time.
Case and point: Sean Deveney of the Sporting News' report that the Celtics have a sign-and-trade offer in place for Josh Smith if they deal Paul Pierce to a team with cap space (Cleveland Cavaliers, I'd say). Deveney writes that the trade exception created in that trade could be sent to Atlanta as part of the package.
There's no question Smith would be a good fit next to Rajon Rondo, but I just don't see this happening. There has to be more in it for Atlanta and the Celtics also have to construct their Pierce deal accordingly and to perfection.
Flush with cap space and scouring the open market for a Plan B after missing out on Dwight Howard, I've got J-Smoove headed to the Rockets instead.
Houston could certainly use the defensive boost he provides and his superior athletic build is perfect for their run, run Rudolph style of basketball.
Some will be wary of how he fits in the starting lineup since he shot just 30.3 percent from deep last season, but I see that as a workable barrier. If Kelvin Sampson doesn't land a head coaching job, he'll have Smith draining jumpers at a higher clip in almost no time.
J-Smoove is no Howard, but his multi-faceted skill set has the potential to turn the Rockets into a Western Conference power.
Predicted Destination: Rockets