After eight-plus seasons, almost All-Star forward Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks have decided it's time for a change. So the Hawks are trying to trade Smith before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, and like that awkward Facebook friend page you come across, it's complicated. Several teams have expressed varying degrees of interest in Smith – from the Los Angeles Clippers to the San Antonio Spurs to the Washington Wizards to the Phoenix Suns to Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks. Teams all have the same questions about Smith. 1. Will Smith re-sign with the team that acquires him? No team wants to give up key assets for the remaining two months of the season and get nothing long term. 2. Do teams want to sign Smith, who will makes $13.2 million this season, to a five-year deal for maximum money? That's a lot to invest in a quality player who has never been a first-, second- or third-team All-NBA selection or an All-Star. There's also a third issue that concerns league executives: How will Smith impact the locker room? The Hawks suspended and fined Smith earlier this season for "conduct detrimental to the team." Brooklyn's offer: MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries and a first-rounder for Smith, a person familiar with the proposed deal told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of fluid negotiations. Whatever interest the Wizards had in Smith has disappeared, and Washington is not willing to give up any of the players Atlanta seeks for Smith, a person familiar with talks between the two teams told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak public about trade talks. The Bucks are considering putting Monta Ellis in a deal for Smith. There is some concern that Ellis will opt out of the final year of his $11 million deal and go where he wants in free agency. But, that's serious money to walk away from, and it's unlikely Ellis walks away from that for a long term deal. Ellis, 27, can collect $11 million next season, and still get the similar long-term deal starting with the 2014-15 season.
NBA trade scenarios as we close in on deadline
USA Today | Feb 20