The Milwaukee Bucks are among the prime candidates to land Josh Smith before tomorrow’s trade deadline. It was previously reported that in return for Smith, the Atlanta Hawks would want a package including Brandon Jennings and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
What has been hindering the trade is mostly the fact that Milwaukee might not be the most attractive destination for Josh Smith, who will be free to walk this summer. However, according to Marc Stein of ESPN, Smith would consider staying in Milwaukee if the Bucks could somehow manage to keep both Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings on the roster:
ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, meanwhile, reported Wednesday morning on “SportsCenter” that Smith would be interested in playing with both Jennings and Ellis if he wound up in Milwaukee, leading the Bucks to try Wednesday to make the deal without surrendering Ellis.
According to Stein, the Hawks would also be interested in acquiring Ellis, but if the Bucks are not willing to break up their backcourt, who could they offer for Smith?
Hawks would rather not get any long-term salary in return and also want a young center. Larry Sanders is probably out of the question, as the Bucks don’t want to move him either, even though a package including Sanders would look very tempting to the Hawks.
Mbah a Moute could still be moved and the Bucks have some other nice pieces such as Mike Dunleavy, who is good value for money. Ersan Ilyasova has struggled for most of the season, but is slowly starting to find his form and could potentially also be dealt. However, Ilyasova is on a long-term contract, which the Hawks would not be happy about.
It seems as though, while the Bucks are desperate to land a player of Josh Smith’s caliber, the team is currently holding tight of its primary assets. It will be interesting to see whether the two teams can work something out until tomorrow.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to cover the latest trade rumors.
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