Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski believes that Atlanta power forward and shot blocker extraordinaire Josh Smith is being shopped around the league and prefers Houston, amongst a couple others:
The Atlanta Hawks have started to gauge trade interest on forward Josh Smith, and Smith isn’t adverse to ending his seven-year stay with his hometown team, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.
Smith hasn’t requested a trade, but has privately told league friends that the Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic are his preferred destinations should the Hawks decide to move him.
“The relationship has run its course,” said a league source with knowledge of the dynamic.
There’s been growing acrimony between Smith and the organization, sources said, largely because of the feeling that Smith has been too convenient of a scapegoat. Smith had one of his most complete seasons for the Hawks, averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
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While I don’t see the need to immediately replace Scola, Josh Smith upgrades our starting line up in far too many ways to dismiss. Athleticism and defense is something Scola has never brought to the table.