Feb 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Philips Arena. The Heat defeated the Hawks 103-90. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Phoenix Suns Offering Gortat, Dudley, Pick for Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith

According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld via Twitter, the Phoenix Suns are the frontrunners for the services of Josh Smith:

This is an interesting move for Phoenix, and they must feel confident they can re-sign Smith this summer to relinquish two players who both hold decent value and had been linked to numerous teams all season.

Feb 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Gortat’s value has taken a hit this season due to his lack of involvement in Alvin Gentry’s offense, and he’s feuded with the coach all season. Dudley, meanwhile, has great value as a defender and spot up shooter, but was already mentioned in connection with Iman Shumpert last week.

The Hawks feel that the duo, in addition to a first round pick, would make a good exchange for Smith, who has remarkably never made an All-Star team despite a standout career in Atlanta.

Dudley would immediately slide in and start at small forward, while Gortat would allow Al Horford to shift back to his natural position of power forward. The frontline of Dudley/Horford/Gortat would likely be an effective one, with a nice balance of mid-range shooting (Horford and Gortat), three point marksmanship (Dudley), and some rebounding and shot blocking from the trio.

The Suns would ideally move forward and build around Smith, and yes, likely give him the max-contract he was reported to have been seeking. Smith’s not a max-level talent, but the Suns could use his excitement and they’ve made worse decisions before than spending their money on an athletic combo forward who is both exciting and a defensive game changer.

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