NBA Trade Rumors: Would a Josh Smith Trade to the Bobcats Benefit Both Teams?

Cody CurrieCorrespondent IIJune 29, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 12:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks against the Chicago Bulls in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Phillips Arena on May 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly eager to part ways with Josh Smith.  The Charlotte Bobcats are in rebuilding mode.  They desperately need offense and pretty much any talent they can find.

Josh Smith can be an electrifying scorer who can create his own shot, and he plays solid defense.  The Bobcats have virtually no offensive threats and they could use a high-flying defender to throw at opposing teams.  A trade bringing Smith to Charlotte could benefit and satisfy both teams.

The Bobcats officially let the world know they are rebuilding by trading away captain and leading scorer Stephen Jackson during the draft.  They brought in two Top 10 picks in forward Bismack Biyombo and guard Kemba Walker and acquired forward Corey Maggette in the Jackson trade.

Maggette is a solid NBA starter who is a natural scorer, something this team desperately needs.  Walker will likely step in as the starting point guard and give this team a much needed energy boost along with his dynamic scoring ability.

Biyombo could take a couple of years to develop, but he has a tremendous up-side as a defender, although he has limited offensive capabilities.  Bringing in Smith would hugely benefit this young, rebuilding squad.

Smith would provide a player who can shoot the mid-range jump shot, create his own shot, is an electrifying dunker, plays solid defense and blocks shots.  His energy and athleticism would greatly improve this team on both ends of the floor.  He would also increase their chances of making the playoffs despite being in full-scale rebuilding mode as they play in the weak Eastern Conference.  

The Hawks are looking to move Smith and his large contract, and I can see a trade being worked out between these two teams.

A potential deal could be the likes of Tyrus Thomas/Boris Diaw, Kwame Brown and one or two draft picks straight up for Smith.  Thomas or Diaw would provide a solid starting small forward who can also play power forward when the team goes small and a legitimate starting center in Kwame Brown to move Al Horford back to his natural spot of power forward.  The Bobcats would be extremely thin at center with only Joel Pryzbilla as a true center on the roster, but they could play small or pick up a center from the free agent market.  

Overall, I think this deal could potentially benefit both teams, solidifying the Hawks roster and satisfying their desire to get rid of Smith, while dramatically improving the Bobcats on both ends of the floor.

What do you think?