NBA Trade Rumors: Hawks Could Jettison Josh Smith, Cut Payroll

Josh Smith could be traded by the Atlanta Hawks as the team looks to cut payroll and the forward looks to move on from an eternally touchy situation in the ATL, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Smith has expressed an interest in the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics, Woj reports, but there haven't been serious talks with any team just yet.

Smith was named to the All-Defense second team in 2009-10, and has the 16th-highest blocks per game total (2.2) in NBA history. He's an insanely good defender prone to falling asleep here and there, and whose offense is beautiful when it features lots of lobs, the open court and a dearth of long jump shots. (Smith has taken at least two three-point shots per game in two different seasons. He is a career 28 percent deep shooter.)

Atlanta is looking for expiring contracts in a Smith deal, though they likely need to be attached to a good player who can help the team get back to the playoffs next season.

For more on the Hawks, visit Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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