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NBA Trade Rumors: Bucks, Suns in lead for Josh Smith sweepstakes

It seems like Josh Smith is going to be the piece that sets everything else in motion. Bucks are also after JJ Redick.

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Josh Smith probably isn't going to be an Atlanta Hawk by 3 p.m. today. But which team he winds up with still remains a mystery. With the NBA trade deadline just hours away, it appears some front runners have emerged, however. The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns are the two teams working hardest to land the talented power forward.

There is no questioning Smith's talent but there is some doubt about his effectiveness going forward. Especially considering he is a pending free agent and looking for a $90 million deal.

The Bucks are also apparently hot on the heels of fellow free-agent to be J.J. Redick. Just like the Pistons. But it appears that Milwaukee's interest in Redick is dependent on successfully trading for Smith.

Something tells me Pistons aren't going to win that fight.