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: New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks Discussing Josh Smith Deal

We continue to hear rumors surrounding Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. Smith has been linked to countless trade rumors and the speculation will only grow as the trade deadline approaches.

The latest trade rumor involving Josh Smith includes the New York Knicks.

According to the rumor, the Knicks would be interested in packaging Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert in a deal to land Smith. The Knicks would also receive an additional player in the deal — likely someone like Zaza Pachulia to make the deal work.

But why would the Knicks do such a trade? Per Hoops World:

The question is why would Atlanta do this? The Hawks would be giving up their cap flexibility by taking on the two years and $45,090,881 remaining on Stoudemire’s contract. The only way Atlanta does this trade is if they’ve given up hope of signing a star free agent this summer and want to bring in a big name that they can sell to their fans. Money aside, Stoudemire has played well this season in New York and he and Al Horford would form a nice frontcourt in Atlanta. Also, the Hawks have made an effort to bring in players from Georgia to engage the fanbase such as Anthony Morrow and Lou Williams. Shumpert starred at Georgia Tech and could be a fan favorite in Atlanta. However, it’s hard to get past the money aspect since the Hawks seem determined to preserve their cap space.

It will be interesting to see how the rumors play out as we approach the deadline, but you can be sure that there will be some action.

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  • Owww

    i dont wanna see no trade talks involving Shump

  • nbaboy23

    Not for nothing but why would atlanta help another big market team like new york knicks.another team that spoils there fans.. by tryin to use the citie to get what they want. They thinks they could get what they want when ever they want.storimire is not worth anything the knicks kno he’s overpaid they will try to make it seems like it would be a fair trade for both teams.. which is not! Atlanta is not really a big market team so they should lead the way and stick up for all small market and tell the knicks go screw your self.you bunch of babies!!!

  • nbaboy23

    If Atlanta general manager makes this trade with the knicks.. they don’t care whats good” for their fans. And you can say we just got f thru the As*

  • nbaboy23

    Stoudemire is way over paid he makes more then Lebrown James he makes double or three times whats josh smith makes i don’t want Atlanta to go bank rob!! and who know’s loose are team here in Atlanta..and really what does he really bring to the table he will take more bad shots and force does bad shots he can’t even pass he’s always hurt not what we are looking for. I raddar get younger guys and hope we can get Howard in the summer.