Neither Josh Smith nor the Atlanta Hawks have handled things well during what has generally been assumed would be his final year with the team. J-Smoove is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, which led most pundits to assume the Hawks would turn him loose to increase his pre-trade-deadline value and that he would go all out to pile up big numbers to increase the value of his next contract.
Neither of those things has happened, though. Instead, the Hawks and Smith have clashed, which led to his suspension for Wednesday's game. In the short term, he'll be back in action Friday in their rematch with the Brooklyn Nets, but in the long term, he remains trade fodder.
ESPN NBA Insider Kevin Pelton examined a number of potential trade scenarios that include teams like the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, but he settled on one team he sees as Smith's final destination, proposing a trade that would net the Hawks Cole Aldrich, Carlos Delfino, Marcus Morris and picks: