Hawks trade rumors: Josh Smith will likely be moved before the deadline

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday, and one name that seems almost certain to be moved is the Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith. Smith is being pursued by teams such as Boston, Brooklyn, Washington and Phoenix.

Of every player on the NBA's trading block, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith seems to be one of the most likely to be moved before Thursday's deadline. The 6'8 forward will be a free agent this summer, and according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Hawks believe he's "almost certain" to leave this offseason.

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One of the top suitors for Smith could be Boston, although according to Stein there are holdups. Kevin Garnett won't waive his no-trade clause to go to Atlanta, meaning the Celtics would be likely be forced to include Paul Pierce in a package for Smith. Stein believes it's unlikely Boston would make that move.

If Smith doesn't go to Boston, ESPN.com's Chris Broussard tweeted on Feb. 11 that the Brooklyn Nets could be a possibility for Smith, and more recently tweeted on Tuesday that the Washington Wizards would be interested. The Wizards would include any player other than John Wall, Bradley Beal or Nene as part of the deal.

Finally, both Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski and CBS Sports' Ken Berger believe that the Suns could try to acquire Smith before the deadline.

Wojnarowski tweeted on Monday: "Suns are determined for deal after missing on Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay in past months."

Meanwhile, Berger reported that while the Suns are interested, they might not have the proper assets to pull off the move.

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