The Philadelphia 76ers are once again linked to Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, and this time, it's Atlanta who has initiated trade talks reports John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to a pair of league sources with knowledge of the discussions, the Atlanta Hawks approached the Sixers seeking to acquire Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes in exchange for forward Josh Smith. Smith will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Initially, Chad Ford reported that it was the 76ers that were dangling both Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes in a potential Smith deal with Atlanta.
"I don't see anything for us right now," Sixers coach Doug Collins said Monday. "If something happens for us right now, I think it would be something that would be very small.
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John Mitchell also revealed that Philadelphia's decision process is tied to their future with Andrew Bynum.
"So much is Andrew Bynum's health and what he is going to be able to do for us going down the road," Collins said. "But we have to be very careful where all of a sudden you are trying to make a deal for something. You can't trade for a free agent because you could give something up and they don't re-sign. Then you've borrowed them for 30 games."