And here we thought tonight’s NBA draft would be a snooze-fest for Hawks fans. Turns out it could become … pardon the expression … a Smoove-fest.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Hawks, who currently hold only the 18th pick of the second round, are trying to trade Josh Smith to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second pick in the draft. With this pick, Wojnarowski writes, the Hawks would take Enes Kanter, the center from Turkey who was ruled ineligible to play for Kentucky this season by the NCAA.
Smith rumors have been running rampant the past 36 hours, and it’s not clear of any of them will come to fruition ever, let alone before the draft is done. (Me, I’m skeptical. But that’s just me.) But all among us who figured we’d skip the draft because the Hawks didn’t have a Round 1 pick might want to rethink.
The Kanter deal makes some sense, at least from the Hawks’ perspective. He’d be the center, Al Horford would be the power forward and Josh Smith and his $12.5 million salary would be gone.
Again, there’s no guarantee this will happen. (Even Wojnarowski notes that the T-Wolves “haven’t been forthcoming.”) If something does happen, it’ll happen quick. The draft commences at 7 p.m. We will, as ever, watch and report.
By Mark Bradley