January 23, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) reacts during a time out in the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns Need To Stay Away From Smith!...For Now...

Feb. 15, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) shoots against the Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during the first half at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports.

Rumors have surfaced recently that the Phoenix Suns are attempting to acquire Atlanta Hawks high flying combo-forward Josh Smith. Smith is on the final year of his contract and he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent come July.

John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR tweeted this:

“The stories about the Suns being interested in Josh Smith are ridiculous, there is zero interest there -ZERO! … I triple checked it, Suns have NO interest in Josh Smith. And have never even had a conversation with ATL about him.”

The tweet came after Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reported that the Suns would like acquire Smith before the February 21st trade deadline. Josh Smith is set to make 13.2 million this season and should such a trade take place, the Hawks will likely desire a trade package from the Suns centered around Marcin Gortat.

Look, here’s the thing, Josh Smith, at least for now, makes no sense for the Phoenix Suns whatsoever. Smith’s contract expires at the end of the season, so unless the Suns are able to trade for Smith and Smith agrees to a contract-extension prior to the trade, there’s no reason for the Suns to pull the trigger on such a trade.

The Suns future may seem bleak but that’s far from being true. The Suns have a great chance to secure a top-five draft choice come this June, should the Lakers miss the playoffs, the Suns will have another pick in the lottery, and the Suns have great cap-space this summer to give out one max-deal to any free agent.

Assuming there’s real validity behind the rumors, the Suns are fools! Smith, at least for now, makes no sense for the Suns. Smith’s contract situation is the key variable right now. If the Suns trade for Smith, there’s a good chance Smith will walk away this summer and the Suns will get nothing in return. Not to mention the Suns would be giving up their most valuable trade-piece in Marcin Gortat and the glue guy in Jared Dudley for what would be nothing more than a part season rental in Josh Smith.

If anything, the Suns should pursue Josh Smith in the off-season, that would be the best move! Keep in mind, the Suns still has Luis Scola on the roster who’s having a fine year, the Suns still has Markieff Morris coming off the bench, so if the Suns indeed does trade for Smith, where would Scola and Morris fit in that equation?

Smith is a really good player, one of the most athletic and versatile players in the NBA but the Suns SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT TRADE FOR SMITH; unless Smith agrees to a contract extension prior to the trade being made. Stay and stick with Sun-N-Gun for more updates!

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