Mitch 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 Garnett. Paul 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.