The volume on the Josh Smith trade rumors has been cranked up to 11 - "Spinal Tap" joke - and somebody needs to dial it down. I nominate … myself. It has been reported that the Hawks are gauging interest in Smith ahead of tonight's NBA draft, which only makes sense. It has also been reported that Smith wants out of Atlanta, which I'm not sure is the case, and has even submitted a list of teams he wouldn't mind joining. (The list, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, includes Boston, Houston, Orlando and New Jersey.) Smoove-related speculation has been running the highest in Orlando, where Smith's best friend (meaning Dwight Howard) plays, and Boston. Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that discussions between the Hawks and the Magic are "totally legit." But now we ask: Other than Howard himself, who among Magic men would the Hawks want? Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel notes that, not counting Howard, Orlando really has only "four tradable assets" - Jameer Nelson, Brandon Bass, Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick. If the Hawks trade Smith for any combination of those, Rick Sund is nuts. And whatever else you might think of the Hawks' general manager, he gives the impression of being a pillar of sanity.
The Josh Smith trade rumors: I'm not buying any of them - yet
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jun 23