With reading several posts in Cornrows, it seems Pacers fans want Josh Smith to come to the Indiana. We have already discussed the possibility of Smith being moved as a resource of clearing out some of the cap space on the roster. While his offensive game can sometimes be maddening, he's at the back line of Atlanta's defense and that would be something that the Hawks would most definitely have to address in any Smith trade.
Smith hasn’t requested a trade, but has privately told league friends that the Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic are his preferred destinations should the Hawks decide to move him.
Of the teams listed above, I think it is highly doubtful that Atlanta would send him to an Eastern Conference team unless the offer just blew them away. Orlando isn't getting rid Dwight Howard for Josh Smith and it appears that Howard would be the reason they would look to get him in the first place. I will repeat that there is zero reason for Atlanta to trade him within the division unless a superstar is coming back in return.
According to the report, Atlanta is only gauging interest and is comparing salaries of veteran players around the league. It is unlikely that any of Smith's reportedly chosen teams have the pieces to acquire him.
One thing that the Pacers do have on the other hand, is the cap space and some decent tallent to aquire Smith. I could see a trade for Rush, Posey, and a first round pick in the future but thats about the best we have. Any other ideas?