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Rumor mill: Danny Ainge is offering KG for Josh Smith

RUMOR MILLMitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News has this tidbit:

So let the Celtics break up their Big Three, which is what the Knicks’ opponents this Sunday in Boston are actively trying to do. Team president Danny Ainge realizes that the Celtics won’t win the title and can only make the playoffs. That’s not good enough for a franchise that proudly flies 17 championship banners.

With the Big Three’s window now shut, Ainge is trying to land Atlanta’s Josh Smith and other young studs, while offering up Kevin GarnettPaul Pierce and Ray Allen can also be had, for young players and draft picks. Rajon Rondo might be leaving, too, with the Lakers and Utah seen as possible destinations.

I've always been intrigued with Josh Smith. He'd be a great running mate for Rajon Rondo.

Smith isn't the smartest player. If only he could play alongside Garnett for a few years and absorb all the defensive and leadership knowledge KG has to offer.

A KG for Smith/Kirk Hinrich deal works in the ESPN trade machine. Smith has another year ($12 million) on his contract. Hinrich's $8 million deal expires at the end of the season.

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  • thats a poorly written piece by mitch..first he says smith would be a great running mate for rondo..then he says rondo could be going..not sure what he is getting at but i dont like that trade at all..too much catering to rondo and bringing his buddy up here..bad trade..bad.

  • Adrian

    I feel like this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The idea is semi-intriguing though… But KG has all the intangibles and I think is the heart and soul, emotional leader of this team. A younger, athletic running mate is tempting but it seems risky.

  • and also KG is playing center trade can you play smith and bass together? or is Wilcox your starting center? dont say JO is..because that is just crazy talk!

  • DD

    Yet Wojo was on WEEI this morning saying that don’t expect anything big to happen from Boston before the trade deadline (I think Jackie M said the said thing). Does JO for Beasley count as big? My ultimate question is who do you believe? Also does anyone one else hate Meter as much as me?

  • DD

    Also when some of these “sources” try and throw a rumor out there it sounds like it is something they wish would happen. Of course he wants the big 3 broken up he is a NY writer. My dog knows more about algerbra than he does about what the Celtics are going to do. Same with Broussard. He got lucky with the Lebron to Miami news and now he thinks he is the “source” to go to.

  • hahaha my dog knows more about algebra! great line

  • Alex

    Getting rid of Kevin Garnett would savagely rip the Celtics’ heart out.

  • Danno

    With the exception of the first 2-3 Weeks, KG is having pretty much his best season yet as a Celtic. Honestly, I think this would be a mistake. Ray, Rondo, JO, pretty much anyone on the bench is easily tradeable.

  • Jerry Sondler

    Josh Smith would be fine…if the only goal is to see his dunks on SportsCenter highlight films.

  • Corey

    Hes gone at the end of the year anyways, it doesnt matter.

  • Danno

    Also -this.
    I would have no problem with Smith, coming off the bench.

  • The line about Smith being a great running mate is mine. Mitch’s stuff is in green.

  • ohhhh i was reading it on my phone and couldnt tell…my bad!
    still dont want josh would seem like a move to placate rondo..can’t cater to players..that’s a mistake.

  • Ironic the man who could truly help Smith get his head on straight (kg) is being offered for him.

  • Chris

    Just because it woks in ESPNs trade machine doesnt mean I’m buying it. Why would Atlanta give up a young athletic Josh Smith and/or a decent PG in Hinrich for a guy who is possibly a year from retirement?

  • As much as I love KG and all he’s done for the C’s, if I could get Josh Smith for him, I’d do it in 2 seconds. Whether or not you like Josh Smith’s game, it’s time to start aquiring assetts, and Smith is a pretty good one. Nobody they get will be “the next KG”, but I think Josh would benefit from playing under Doc.

  • Steve

    I have to agree with you Lee, and I just don’t see how people are not embracing this idea? Smith is a little less disciplined than KG, but his athleticism makes up for it both offensively and defensively. He’s a tremendous shot blocker, can play the 3/4 and even the 5 if you’re running a small lineup (which they will look to do after the Big 3 era), and would make a perfect pairing with Rondo and say JR Smith next year to at the very least bring some entertainment to the Celtics as they transition forward.

  • cupcake

    Leave KG alone, the guy is playing great ball. And he is the heart of the team. He’ll be retiring soon anyway.

  • SD Celts Fan
    Big risk that D12 doesn’t walk after the season, but you retain the cap room for D-Will at the end of the year.
    D-Will, Ray, PP, Anderson, Howard sounds okay. This draft is also deepest at the PF so you can use the mid-level on a vet to pair with a rook should Anderson move on to greener pastures at year’s end.

  • sev

    rondo and josh smith are like best friends too….i know everybody talks about dwight howard and josh smith, but rondo and smith are boys and maybe that is what the celtics are thinking. Get josh smith and with rondo, dwight would want to play with his friends and obviously cause there young, talented and athletic. Getting josh smith would def help to aquire DH. All three are boys….look it up.

  • sev

    rondo and josh smith were high school(private) roommates and josh smith played against dhoward in aau. Josh smith came to rondo’s defense during the trade rumors(pretty good quotes). Dhoward said he would like to play with rondo and for doc rivers. I guarantee that is dannys thinking.