Feb 5, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Brooklyn Nets are in heavy pursuit of Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. As the February 21st trade deadline is approaching, Smith has been one of the biggest names who might get dealt.
The Nets have also been one of the most aggressive teams as the deadline approaches. Last week, the Nets were rumored to be interested in a deal that would send forward Kris Humphries to the Charlotte Bobcats for veteran guard Ben Gordon.
While that deal is still on the table, sources say Humphries may be in a package to acquire Smith, along with guard MarShon Brooks and a first round pick.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Saturday that the Hawks are looking for a young center in return for Smith. With the Nets most likely not wanting to trade Brook Lopez, a third team may have to get involved.
Smith has been a target for the Houston Rockets in the last couple of weeks, but it looks like that pursuit has faded a little bit. Even if Smith is traded to another team, he will still be an unrestricted free agent this summer.