The Suns are trying to add forward Josh Smith and have had talks with the Hawks, according to multiple league sources in a Hoopsworld.com report.
After missing out on acquiring Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay, the Suns are pursuing Smith before the Feb. 21 trade deadline or through a sign-and-trade deal next offseason.
Smith, 27, is making $13.2 million in the last year of his contract, putting him on a list of NBA stars who could change teams soon. He could max out with the Hawks at almost $20 million per season or $94 million over five years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith has come out publicly saying that he's worth a max contract.
Phoenix could offer center Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, Michael Beasley and several expiring contracts including Shannon Brown, Wes Johnson, Jermaine O'Neal and Sebastian Telfair. The Suns also own three first-round picks in the 2013 NBA Draft, courtesy of the trade that sent Steve Nash to the Lakers and obtaining Johnson from the Timberwolves.