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2012 NBA Trade Rumors: Josh Smith Drawing Interest From Boston Celtics, According To Report

The Boston Celtics are interested in acquiring Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, Marc Stein of ESPN reported on Thursday.

Stein reports that the Celtics are joined by the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers as teams that have expressed interest in dealing for the 6-foot-9 Smith.

According to Stein, Danny Ferry, who was recently hired as Atlanta's general manager, isn't ready to trade Smith away immediately before having more time to ponder the situation.

Smith, 26, will be paid $13.2 million for the 2012-13 season in the final year of his contract. The jack-of-all-trades, who is good friends with Rajon Rondo, averaged 18.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 steals with Atlanta last season. He is viewed as one of the best two-way talents in the NBA, but is also known for questionable decision-making.

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