Los Angeles Clippers Trade Talks: Is Josh Smith a Fit?

Austin BrinesContributor IIJune 13, 2011

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ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Los Angeles Clippers have discussed trading Chris Kaman for small forward Andre Iguodala. However, since Atlanta Hawks PF/SF Josh Smith is seemingly always the subject of trade talk, could he be a better fit for the Clippers at that position?

Smith is an extremely athletic player who is known to be a little uncoachable. Although he would make the Clippers the most athletic and exciting team in the NBA, I don't think he would make them a great team.

The main thing the Clips need is good perimeter shooting, and Smith does not fit that need. He is a good defender and rebounder, but he is basically the same player as Griffin—just a little worse but a little more mobile. A team needs a lot of players with different skill sets, and Smith really doesn't provide that.

Although Smith is a very good player, I don't see him fitting in well with this group. I think giving up Kaman and anything else would be far too much to get another of what you already have.

Smith doesn't give the outside shot, and he has too much confidence. He thinks he has a jumper when he truly is more of a post player.

Therefore, clearly, he is not a great fit for the Clipper team. Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Wilson Chandler or Danilo Gallinari are all options who I believe are far better for this roster. A lineup with any of those four would easily be competitive.

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