Cohen 8-Ball: Stars on the Trade Block?
Cohen’s Analysis: Josh Smith believes he is a max player – suggesting he expects a contract this summer of five years and around $100 million. The Hawks don’t agree. With Smith, Atlanta is at best a two-round-and-out playoff team. Unless the Hawks believe Dwight Howard would consider signing with his hometown this summer, it’s probably illogical at this stage to preserve Smith for the rest of the season. Fringe title contenders and even a few marginal playoff teams are yearning for the versatile J-Smoove, including Brooklyn, San Antonio and Houston. Do any of those teams have enough to pull a deal off? If the Spurs are willing to surrender Kawhi Leonard or if the Rockets are keen enough to trade Chandler Parsons, it’s possible.