NBA Trade Rumors: Atlanta Hawks Looking to Trade Josh Smith for No. 2 Pick?

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2011

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NBA Trade Rumors See Josh Smith on Trading Block 

The Atlanta Hawks are doing their best to trade Josh Smith. They want to free up salary space, and the best way to do that is by dealing Smith. 

The Hawks have gotten all they can out of Smith. The relationship between the two is near the end. Smith is apparently OK with being dealt. 

Smith wants to be traded to the Orlando Magic to play with his friend Dwight Howard, but that isn't going to happen. Orlando doesn't have anyone of worth for the Hawks to acquire. 

Now the Hawks are reaching out to other teams to see what they can get for Smith. According to  Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports , the Minnesota Timberwolves have listened to calls from Atlanta. 

The Hawks would trade Smith to the Timberwolves for the No. 2 overall pick. The Timberwolves can afford the contract of Smith so no other players need to be involved. 

This makes sense for the Hawks because they could then draft Enes Kanter. Atlanta would finally have a legit center. This would mean that Al Horford could play the correct position at power forward. 

The Timberwolves would have to think long and hard about this deal. Smith is signed through 2013, which means the Timberwolves wouldn't have him for too long. I doubt that Smith would want to sign a long term deal with Minnesota. 

However, Smith would greatly help the Timberwolves. His athleticism would shine with Ricky Rubio's passing skills.

I don't think this deal will happen, but that doesn't mean Atlanta shouldn't stop trying to pursue it.

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