If I ran every NBA team, here are five deals that would go down before Thursday afternoon’s trading deadline:
1. Atlanta PF Josh Smith to San Antonio for PF/C DeJuan Blair, SF Stephen Jackson and a first-round pick.
Smith is headed somewhere, that much is fairly certain. Yes, he can be difficult, playing the role of the occasional knucklehead who is somewhat of a risk when the idea is team chemistry.
Talent-wise, however, there are no doubts. When focused, the guy is a borderline All-Star. When not, Smith is still pretty doggone good.