Brooklyn Nets Checking in on Hawks’ Josh Smith
As the February 21 NBA Trade Deadline steadily approaches, teams across the league will look for ways to bolster their rosters. One of the biggest names presumably available, Josh Smith, is the Brooklyn Nets' top target.
A move for Smith seems logical, yet highly optimistic. Nets current shooting guard Joe Johnson was Smith's running mate in Atlanta. The two were a lethal combination for the Hawks, but the rest of the roster in Atlanta never fully came to fruition.
The Nets current starting five is easily one of the best in the East, especially with young center Brook Lopez playing up to his all-star selection. The addition of Smith would add much needed athleticism and size that would give Brooklyn, arguably, the most formidable starting five in the entire NBA. Smith is only 27 and has spent his entire career with the Hawks since being drafted out of High School in 2004.
The problem that has presented a hitch in any extremely serious talks is the asking price of the Hawks. As reported by ESPN, the Hawks are looking for a young center in return for Smith. The Nets have made a preemptive offer of Forward Kris Humphries and Guard Marshon Brooks. The Nets have been looking to move Humphries since the offseason Brooks has found himself an uncomfortable spot in PJ Carlesimo's doghouse.
Brooklyn has been struggling mightily of late, going only 3-6 in their last 9 games. That stretch followed a 10-1 run to start off the New Year, the best in Nets' Franchise history.
The high-flying Smith would ignite the Brooklyn crowd night in and night out. Below is just a small sample of the many rim shaking jams Smith has thrown down in his short career. A move at the trade deadline could certainly lift the Nets from their 5 spot in the East into a battle for one of the top 3 spots in the conference.