Josh Smith to the Celtics? Well, if they can unload Paul Pierce, it might happen.
According to a report in The Sporting News.
"If the Celtics can unload Pierce to a team with enough cap space to absorb his salary, they will get a trade exception worth Pierce’s salary, or $15.3 million. And if that happens, the plan is already in place. According to a source, the Celtics have a sign-and-trade offer ready for Atlanta forward Josh Smith that would be the top priority in free agency . . .
"In order to land Smith, though, the Celtics need to pull off a deal for Pierce that will net them a trade exception. Because teams over the salary cap can’t take on salary without sending back matching salaries, Boston’s options are limited to teams under the cap . . . "
Which is why two of the teams reportedly interested in Pierce are the Cavs and the Bucks. But Pierce is said to be interested only in playing for a contender, and many of them may not have the financial flexibility to pull off a deal with Boston.