The Brooklyn Nets are playoff bound, but still underachieving for the amount of talent that they have. The Nets fired former head coach Avery Johnson last month, but the improvement since then has been minimal. So, if the Nets want to win a championship, they are going to have to shake up their roster before the trade deadline.
According to Chris Broussard, “While the Nets certainly want (Ben) Gordon, sources said acquiring Smith is their higher priority. A trade for Smith would seemingly kill a deal for Gordon, because (Kris) Humphries is one of the players being discussed with Atlanta. The Nets are willing to give up Humphries and second-year shooting guard MarShon Brooks for Smith. But it almost certainly will take more than a Humphries-Brooks combination to pry Smith away from Atlanta, and one source said the Hawks want Brooklyn’s first-round pick.”
The Hawks are highly unlikely to accept this trade offer, even if it is just speculation. However, the Hawks prefer not to pay Smith the max contract that he is looking for. In all likelihood, the shrewd Danny Ferry will continue to dangle Josh Smith for teams that are trying to compete for a championship, but it will definitely come at a high price.