ESPN NBA Insider Kevin Pelton examined a number of potential trade scenarios that include teams like the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, but he settled on one team he sees as Smith's final destination, proposing a trade that would net the Hawks Cole Aldrich, Carlos Delfino, Marcus Morris and picks:
"Put my money on Houston as Smith's eventual destination. The Rockets could save Atlanta money by using their $6.7 million in cap space to take on more salary than they send back, and they have plenty of intriguing young pieces. For cap purposes, the Hawks would probably have to choose between Morris and Patrick Patterson as a Smith replacement, with the possibility of adding in draft picks. From Houston's perspective, Smith would be a good fit for a team that is missing only an athletic power forward in its starting lineup of the future. The Rockets can offer him a chance to play with a talented frontcourt and potentially contend in the Western Conference as their young talent develops. This just makes too much sense for both sides."