Rondo pushing for Josh Smith in Boston

If Danny Ainge decides to not go the tank route and completely rebuild, but instead wants to retool, Josh Smith is there for the taking. In a sign-and-trade with the Atlanta Hawks the Celtics could offer some combination of either players, picks, or the trade exception they are receiving from the Nets for Pierce, KG, and Terry.

I have a strong hunch that Ainge is going to go the opposite direction and trade Rondo once he shows he's recovered from his knee surgery, but the Josh Smith situation is worth monitoring. It's a pity that we finally have an all-star caliber free agent that wants to sign in Boston at the exact time the Celtics want to start over.

Pic by EK.

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