Demand for Smith continues as Bucks and Wizards reportedly enter the race.
The race to land Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith continues, with the trade deadline on Thursday drawing closer.
According to the Racine Journal Times, the Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as another potential destination for Smith, joining the likes of the Brooklyn Nets in the scramble for his signature.
However, the Bucks aren’t the only team to have entered the race at this late stage, as Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski believes the Washington Wizards are also keeping tabs on the Smith situation.
In the final year of his contract with the Hawks, a deal which sees him net $13.2 million, Smith has long been touted with a switch elsewhere before the deadline rather than remain and become one of the top unrestricted free agents in the summer.
Averaging 16.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 3.9 assists per game this season, he is regarded as one of the league’s top defensive players, but falls short of being handed the ‘superstar’ tag.
However, the Hawks are set for a rebuilding process this summer with several players set to see their deals expire.
Basing their future hopes on the likes of Lou Williams, Al Horford and Jeff Teague, it appears Atlanta are willing to allow Smith to leave, an eventuality that appears more likely each day as we approach deadline day.