May 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) looks down the court in the second half of game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Philips Arena. The Pacers won 81-73. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Have Interest In Josh Smith

After meeting with Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala, the Golden State Warriors want to meet with another top-tier free agent: Josh Smith.

Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports on Sulia that the Warriors have interest in the free-agnet forward. Per Thompson’s report, however, the interest doesn’t seem mutual.

Sources said the Warriors have interest in the free agent forward – another vote of confidence for coach Mark Jackson’s ability to handle the less amenable. Smith however, doesn’t seem too interested in the Warriors, who aren’t going to jump as high as others to get him

Smith is a step below Dwight Howard on the free-agent totem pole, which included Chris Paul before he re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. I would put Iguodala in Smith’s class too.

The Warriors’ interest in Smith perhaps confirms one thing: they feel out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. During Howard’s five meetings, the Warriors were the long shot, and they still are, because obtaining him requires the Los Angeles Lakers to agree to a sign-and-trade. And of course, Golden State has to get Howard’s approval too.

Whether they accomplished that in their meeting with the superstar center will remain unknown until he makes his much awaited decision. It was reported Tuesday that Howard wil make his decision soon–maybe Friday.

David Lee again gets a shot taken at him with the team’s interest in Smith. It’s obvious now that management doesn’t want to shoulder the remaining three years on his contract that are worth roughly $44 million. Their interest in Smith, regardless if it’s mutual or not, underscores that point.

What’s also underscored is the culture change the Warriors are amid. They probably don’t have much of a chance at landing Smith, Howard or Iguodala, as acquiring either of them starts and begins with a sign-and-trade. It’s the simple effort that has the franchise ticketed towards a brighter future.

Smith averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds with the Atlanta Hawks in 2012-13.

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