Josh Smith, one of the star players on the Atlanta Hawks, is reportedly encouraged that new GM Danny Ferry has traded away Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams over the past few days.
Why would Josh Smith be “thrilled” that the team traded away arguably their best player in Johnson and a rotation player in Marvin Williams? To add to this strange report, Smith has not been shy in the past about trade demands.
With these trades, it is now believed that the Atlanta Hawks will be able to enter the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, whether it be in a trade or in free agency next summer. Johnson’s bloated contract would have prevented this from being a possibility, which Danny Ferry recognized.
Aside from being the league’s best center, Dwight Howard is very close friends with Josh Smith. A Howard/Smith pairing has been tossed around in the past, but the destination was usually Orlando.
The Hawks do have the financial ability to acquire Howard, although it will certainly not be easy. The Brooklyn Nets have offered Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and a grouping of first round picks for the Orlando big man. One would have to think that if the Hawks were to offer a package centered around Al Horford and Jeff Teague, Orlando would have to very seriously consider it.
It seems that Josh Smith is very excited about the future of the Atlanata Hawks. This is a team who has consistently lost early in the playoffs every year.
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