As currently constituted, the Milwaukee Bucks are built around two inefficient scorers who were never quite good enough to make an All-Star team. Could the Bucks change that by trading for… an inefficient scorer who was never quite All-Star caliber?
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times tweeted about the Josh Smith derby on Valentine’s Day. He indicated that the Celtics were the top suitors for Smith.
I keep hearing Josh Smith’s primary destination is Boston.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 14, 2013
Today Woelfel added another team to the mix, when he tweeted that the Bucks were somehow in the mix as well.
There r whispers Bucks r in Josh Smith Sweepstakes.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 16, 2013
He further elaborated on both points in a recent column
I’ve heard for a few weeks now that Boston is salivating over Atlanta forward Josh Smith and would be receptive to unloading Brandon Bass and Jeff Green to obtain him.
It’s no secret Brooklyn wouldn’t mind Smith, either. The Nets, some league officials insist, apparently are offering forward Kris Humphries and swingman MarShon Brooks.
One team that hasn’t been publicly mentioned in the Smith Sweepstakes is Milwaukee, although there are whispers the Bucks are interested. The Bucks are in position to offer the Hawks as good of a deal as anyone for Smith, especially if Jennings or Ellis is involved. Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova, whom the Nets seriously courted during free agency last summer and are still interested in, could also come into play.
Smith is an unrestricted free agent this summer, so it is hard to see the Bucks making a move for him unless 1) Milwaukee can figure out a way to guarantee that he would stay with the team beyond this year, or 2) they could work out an amazing salary dump (e.g., Monta Ellis and Drew Gooden) as part of the trade.
Until the Feb. 21 trade deadline hits on or some part of this rumor is made more concrete, it is simply just rumblings. But there were rumblings in advance of the Bogut deal, too, so it’s never a shock anymore when rumors turn into reality, either.