The Golden State Warriors seem to be going after every big-name free agent on the market.
After meeting with Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala, they are interested in Josh Smith, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.
Smith, however, does not share mutual interest, as Thompson reports.
A 9-year veteran, Smith has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Hawks, but looks to be bolting from them this offseason. There are reports out there indicating that the Houston Rockets are pursuing him hard to help their case with signing Howard, the big fish.
As for the Warriors, it is obviously a longshot for them to acquire Smith.
First off, they don’t even have the money to offer Smith a max contract, which he is likely seeking. And most importantly, he isn’t interested in coming to Golden State.
Smith averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists with the Hawks last season. He is averaging 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds for his career.
However, this does bolster the case that the Warriors are willing to jump in and inquire about the top-flight free agents, something that they’ve rarely done in the past. Joe Lacob is an owner who is not afraid to spend money to improve this team, and he is showing that this offseason.
The Warriors may not land Howard, Iguodala, Smith, or any high-profile player. But at least being in the hunt for them is a huge step forward.