I think they'll have to cough up much more than Patterson and a 1st. At least 3 prospects and a pick. Jones, White (if ATL thinks they can get him on the court), Patterson and a pick would probably be the minimum.
Houston, on the other hand could be a very interesting fit. I agree -- Houston would seem to be a better trading partner. plenty of young players to ship to Atlanta that could help them build for the future. Houston with Harden, Asik, Lin and Smith as the core would make some noise in the west. if they could hold on to Parsons too, that's a dangerous team for anyone out there to face.
The spacing with Asik and Smith is somewhat concerning - particularly with two guards who prefer to drive - but I like the idea of Smith being added to a team who likes to run, and he'd be a great defensive front court partner with Asik.
I think Houston's primary target is, and should be, Paul Milisap. But Josh Smith wouldn't be a terrible consolation prize.
I don't think they would have to give up that much -
They know Josh Smith is going to free agency this summer and they know Atlanta won't resign him. If this goes to the summer they're probably in a two man race for him with Dallas.
And I don't see that many great fits for Smith right now. So I think Houston has leverage. I say Patterson and a first is plenty to get it done if Houston wants to.
Why? Who are they bidding against? Dallas can't give Atlanta squat. Same with Memphis. What other team out there both wants to acquire Josh Smith and can do better?
All signs are that Atlanta doesn't want anything to do with him past this year. They're going to want some return, but they've got no leverage. He's not that in demand anymore.
I can't see Houston as the only suitor for Smith. Boston can do better than that by offering Bass, Lee, Melo and a pick which would be worth a lot more than Patterson and a pick. Other teams would want Smith so 1 unproven prospect and a middle-of-the-round pick in a crappy draft won't net them an all-star like Smith
Pick 2 Draft 2014: Cleveland Cavs:
Kyrie Irving, Kevin Martin, Luol Deng, Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic.
Bench: Andray Blatche, Tyreke Evans, Corey Brewer, Kosta Koufos, Rodney Stuckey, Anthony Morrow, Reggie Evans