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Smith could be alongside Kevin Garnett if this deal goes down.
Although this may seem to be one of the more far-fetched possibilities, the Boston Celtics may be looking to get Josh Smith.
With an aging team and a rapidly closing playoff window for the Celtics, this may be the time to capitalize on a young player that could mesh with Rajon Rondo and keep the team in contention. It seems like Danny Ainge may have to do whatever he can to get one last hurrah for this Celtics team.
The most likely offer would probably consist of something involving players like Jermaine O'Neal and filler, but something else may be in the works. The Hawks would love to get someone like Ray Allen or Kevin Garnett.
In a recent article by Gethin Coolbaugh, he writes, "Hawks general manager Rick Sund is a big fan of Garnett and Allen, so if the deal were to go down, it's safe to assume that one or both of those players would likely be on the move."
The gut reaction to trading any of the members of the Big Three would normally be a complete rejection by anyone who would even be willing to hear out the proposition, but that may be the Celtics' next move. NBA speculators are looking at the possibility of moving Ray Allen, who is set to make $10 million next season and has a player option on his contract.
From a sentimental standpoint, it is a tough move to make, and in my opinion the Celtics shouldn't attempt to move a player like Allen, who means so much to the chemistry of the Celtics. However, if reports do come to fruition and Allen is moved, there does exist a new dynamic on the Celtic team.
In Smith, Rondo gets a running mate to spread the floor and run the fast break, and Garnett gets a fellow defensive-minded player. Although they would be losing a clutch outside shooter in Allen, Smith would make the team younger.
In my opinion, if the Celtics can somehow manage to get Smith without trading away Allen, perhaps by involving a third team, they can become very strong championship contenders. This is a crucial point that Ainge must pay critical attention to. If he can steal Smith away from the Hawks and keep his Big Three intact, the Celtics become more dangerous than they perhaps have ever been in the past four years.
However, if they cannot convince the Hawks to move Smith, they must decide whether the aging squad has enough to make another title run next year or if Smith is worth losing the beloved Ray Allen.