January 04, 2009
Unless the Boston Celtics can work out some trade magic, don't expect to see Joe Smith in a Boston uniform. While the Celtics would likely be interested in signing the veteran power forward, an NBA source said Oklahoma City has no interest in buying him out of his $4.7 million contract, the Boston Globe reported.
Because the Celtics have three players with max contracts, it would be extremely difficult to make a trade for Smith. The reason teams are interested in adding the 6-foot-10-inch, 225-pounder is the same reason the struggling Thunder wouldn't be interested in buying him out. Smith has a solid inside and outside offensive game, is a decent defender, is very professional, and has 14 years of experience. Even so, don't be surprised if teams make a run at the likes of Oklahoma City players such as Smith, guard Earl Watson, forward Damien Wilkins, and big men Nick Collison and Chris Wilcox via trade.