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A league source told CSNNE.com on Monday night that the Celtics have had "no discussions whatsoever" with the Atlanta Hawks about acquiring Smith. The same source added there were no plans to open up such dialogue any time in the near future.
"You can never say never," the source said, "but there's nothing going on there."
As for the Celtics, adding Smith would provide a major boost in terms of athleticism and shot-blocking. However, adding him in many ways would be replicating the skillset of Jeff Green, who the Celtics acquired at the Feb. 24 trading deadline from Oklahoma City. Green is set to become a restricted free agent this summer after the Celtics make him a qualifying offer, something the Celtics have maintained will happen before the June 30 deadline.
When you throw in the fact that losing Allen would strip the Celtics of not only one of their leaders but also a key in their ability to space the floor offensively, it makes sense that the Celtics haven't had discussions about making a deal for Smith – and apparently have no interest in changing that stance anytime soon.
Leave it to Sherrod Blakely to rain on our rumor parade. I don't agree with the idea that Jeff Green and Josh Smith have the same skill set. While both are athletic, Smith is a legit shot-blocking power forward. Green is not.
I'm going on record the Celtics should consider a Smith for Ray Allen deal. His talent intrigues me, especially if KG is around to set his head straight. And it's not like Smith's contract (2 years, $25 million) is a major burden that will limit future moves.
Amid all the trade speculation, I'm hearing a lot of chatter about Paul Pierce playing shooting guard should Ray Allen be shipped out. I'm not sure this is an 82-game option for the Celtics. While he can stick with the Kobe Bryant sized guards, Pierce's lack of quickness would be a defensive liability against most 2s.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Should Cs consider Smith? | Draft Profile: Trey Thompkins | Taunton Gazette – Celtics not expecting much help in draft | Herald – Filling void a tall order | Ainge on treasure hunt | Globe – NBA offers players an NHL style flex-cap | MWDN – Big Baby wants bigger role | Yahoo! – Spurs shopping Parker |