The Philadelphia 76ers are one of those teams that Smith has been linked to. However, the Hawks asking price is too high for the 76ers management to risk.
According to a source, the 76ers are not willing to give up Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes for Smith. The NBA trade's deadline is just a week away, and Smith is the biggest name in speculation leading up to the deadline.
Turner's name has been linked to being trade. However, Tony DiLeo doesn't want to trade Turner when the team hasn't been at full strength at all this season.
They has been without center Andrew Bynum all season after the blockbuster deal in the summer time.
Much like Bynum, Smith will also be a free agent player in the summer time. Turner has two more years on his contract, while Hawes has one more year left on his deal.
Under league rules, the trade would work since both teams are over the cap, the 50% trade rule would be involved. Atlanta and Philadelphia had to be no more than 150% plus $100,000 of the salary given out, or no more than $5,000,000 (whichever is lesser), for the trade to be accepted, which did happen here.
The proposed trade would satisfy the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Hawes is averaging 10.2 points per game with 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 25.5 minutes per game. Turner is averaging 13.6 points per game with 6.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 36.2 minutes per game.
Smith is averaging 17.4 points per game for the Hawks. He is also averaging 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in 35.7 minutes.
But it is off the table right now.