SH Blog: Trade Deadline Recap: Redick Dealt to Bucks, Brewer to Thunder, Josh Smith Stays in Atlanta

Josh Smith

Smith, as unique and enigmatic a player that exists in this league has been the subject of many trade rumors leading up to today. He’s averaging 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a contract year, which he expects to turn into a max-deal. For this reason his hometown Atlanta Hawks have cooled on the idea of re-signing him this offseason and are working tirelessly to find acceptable value for him before the deadline.

Teams pursuing Josh Smith deal believe Atlanta is still searching for a trade scenario that ships him to the Western Conference.
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Adrian Wojnarowski

 

This would lead one to believe that the Phoenix Suns (who appeared to have folded on the flop earlier this week) and the Houston Rockets are the most likely candidates. Not so fast.

Houston is still lingering in Josh Smith talks, but Atlanta's desire for Asik and Parsons is a non-starter for Rockets, sources tell Y!
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Adrian Wojnarowski
Remember, Houston has the space to sign Smith as a free agent this summer. They're not going to overpay to trade for him now.
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Adrian Wojnarowski

UPDATE (2:15 pm EST): 

Atlanta and Milwaukee still seriously engaged on Josh Smith, league sources tell Y! Sports.
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Adrian Wojnarowski

JJ Redick 

UPDATE (2:50 pm EST): 

The Magic are working on a 3-way trade, which would include J.J. Redick. Milwaukee is one of the teams.
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Josh Robbins

After a seemingly quiet trade deadline-eve, and Dwight Howard all but off the market, Smith is the first domino that needs to fall before others call or fold. The Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, will not include Monte Ellis in a deal for Josh Smith, but if they do, they will pursue Magic guard JJ Redick. So what is it?

Sources insist Bucks not trading Monte Ellis to ATL in JSmith deal
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Chris Broussard
Bucks "keep upping the ante" in pursuit of J.J. Redick, source says. Could mean confidence growing that they will land Josh Smith.
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Ken Berger
Remember, Bucks' pursuit of Redick based on scenario where Monta Ellis is sent to Atlanta as part of proposed Smith deal.
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Ken Berger

 

Wait a second Milwaukee, you may not be the only team in heavy pursuit of Redick. According to Adrian Wojarnowski, the Spurs, Pacers, Grizzlies, Pistons, Wizards and Bulls have interest and Redick. So who is the frontrunner?

Indiana, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Washington all showing interests in JJ Redick
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Chris Broussard
Bulls have cooled on J.J. Redick. Due to luxury tax, Chicago unlikely to pay him as a free agent this summer so reluctant to give up pick.
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Ken Berger

 

The Bulls may have ‘cooled’ on the idea of Redick because in reality, they are trying to stay under the cap and not give up any assets in the process. Bringing in Redick – a free agent at seasons end and will expect anywhere from $7-$10 million per year – does not fit that mold today. According to Wojarnowski, the Bulls will likely be sellers today.

While Chicago's trying hard to move Rip Hamilton to lower payroll, Bulls aren't inclined to include draft pick to sweeten deal, sources say.
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Adrian Wojnarowski

 

With the Grizzlies realizing their limitations, it appears that the Spurs and Bucks will duel it out for Redick.

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