Feb 11, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) prepares to enter the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Hawks beat the Mavs 105-101. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Could the Warriors Trade For Josh Smith?


The Golden State Warriors don’t appear to be in the Josh Smith derby, but Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News group thinks that he would be a good fit for the Warriors. It just so happens that some powerful people agree with him.

Several team sources told me Josh Smith, they believe, would life the Warriors to another level. He would be a boon to their uptempo game, giving them the athlete/finisher they need.

The Warriors would likely have to part ways with David Lee, but as Thompson and his sources point out, Smith could be a better fit in the Warriors’ system.

The question is, does Golden State want to move Lee?

This trade is a longshot to happen given the chemistry the Warriors have going with this current group. Plus, Lee was named the Warriors’ first All-Star since 1997.

Still, there are some perks for the Warriors. Financially, they could save some money in the long run. Lee is making $13-plus million through the 2015-16 season, which is good value. Smith, in contrast, is set to become a free-agent after the season.

Warriors’ ownership would definitely be making a bold move by trading Lee. And with the grief they got last year for trading fan favorite Monta Ellis still somewhat fresh, it’s not the type of move they are likely to pull the trigger on.

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