For seven seasons, Josh Smith has shown us that he can be the best player on the floor. For seven seasons, he has shown us that he can be the worst player on the floor. The fact these opposites often appear in the same game is what makes him so maddening.
This is why after seven seasons, it’s time to say goodbye.
Here’s the problem: Smith clearly is getting fed up as the Hawks’ player who’s constantly being duct-taped to a post in the middle of the town square.
I spoke to him the day following one bad shooting performance in the playoffs and he said, “I know sometimes I take shots I shouldn’t. But I’m not the only one in here who takes bad shots. I just get talked about more than anybody else.”
If the Hawks decide to test the trade market on the enigmatic Josh Smith, there will be a bunch of teams willing to take a gamble. He’s only 25 years old (I would have bet he was closer to 30). His contract has two remaining years and is worth $25 million. His potential is worth the risk.
Imagine if Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers had the chance to mold Smith’s young mind. He’d be a great bridge as the Cs transition out of the Garnett era. I can picture Smith blocking shots and filling the lane for Rajon Rondo.
Could the Celtics swing a deal for Smith? I don’t know. Ray Allen, Jeff Green and Glen Davis (sign-and-trade) could be of interest to Atlanta, although the AJC article stats they’d be looking for a true center in return.
Am I crazy for wanting Josh Smith in a Celtics uniform?
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