Apr 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) reacts after he scored late in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics To Offer Sign and Trade Deal For Josh Smith of Atlanta Hawks

Talk about a busy few weeks for the Boston Celtics.

In addition to losing head coach Doc Rivers, the Celtics now have to not only find a replacement but will need to figure out what to do with Kevin Garnett and the contract of Paul Pierce.

They also have to attempt to re-build their roster, which they’re planning to do by offering the Atlanta Hawks a sign and trade deal for forward Josh Smith.

Smith, who’s a free agent, was nearly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks at the NBA’s trade deadline in February and is extremely unlikely to return to Atlanta which has the Celtics salivating.

According to the Sporting News, the Celtics are ready to offer the Hawks a sign and trade which would bring Smith to Beantown, assuming they can secure a trade exception from a Paul Pierce deal:

As for the rebuilding sure to follow the dismantling, that is contingent on what happens with Pierce. If the Celtics can unload Pierce to a team with enough cap space to absorb his salary, they will get a trade exception worth Pierce’s salary, or $15.3 million. And if that happens, the plan is already in place. According to a source, the Celtics have a sign-and-trade offer ready for Atlanta forward Josh Smith that would be the top priority in free agency.

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  • Joshua Ozersky

    Bad choice, I think….Smith is a flawed player who has plateaued, and is unlikely to come around on a rebuilding team without a veteran coach or an established locker-room hierarchy. I can’t see this working out. The Celtics should wait until the all-star break when somebody better and / or younger will be available. The only thing I like about Smith is his shotblocking ability, but he’s not a good enough defender to build around inside.