Report: Nets Aggressively Pursuing Trade To Acquire Hawks’ Josh Smith

While Chris Broussard reported Friday that the Bobcats and Nets were discussing a Ben Gordon for Kris Humphries swap, ESPN’s latest report says the Nets “priority” is landing Hawks forward, Josh Smith.

According to Chris Broussard, ESPN:

The Brooklyn Nets are aggressively pursuing a trade for Atlanta Hawks star forward Josh Smith, league sources told ESPN. The two teams are engaged in discussions. But one source said while “there has been lots of talk, nothing is close yet.”

While the Nets certainly want Gordon, sources said acquiring Smith is their higher priority. A trade for Smith would seemingly kill a deal for Gordon, because Humphries is one of the players being discussed with Atlanta.

The Nets are willing to give up Humphries and second-year shooting guard MarShon Brooks for Smith. But it almost certainly will take more than a Humphries-Brooks combination to pry Smith away from Atlanta, and one source said the Hawks want Brooklyn’s first-round pick…

The Nets may have to get a third team involved to pull off a trade for Smith.

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