Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
So far this year he's led Atlanta to the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. He's handled himself like a true professional too, while averaging 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per night.
Smith has never played in an All-Star game before, but at 27 years old, he's still an All-Star caliber talent.
Following the Hawks win over the Cavaliers on Friday, I was curious to gauge his general opinions of the Cavs' organization.
I considered asking Smith if he's read Mike Polk's new book yet about the 47th-biggest city in the country, ever been out for a nice dinner in Tremont, or possibly had a rooting interest in Nick Swisher's baseball career but I didn't get to any of that.
Maybe next time.
For now, though, I did ask Smith his opinion of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and the direction of the Cleveland Cavaliers' organization.
That conversation is below. Sorry for the shaky camera-work ahead of time. J-Smoove was lacing up his boots for the Cleveland winter while we talked.
Josh Smith on Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving (transcribed):
I really don’t know them personally like that, but they are going to be two pretty good players in this basketball league.
Dion Waiters is a helluva perimeter defender, he has quick hands and he slides his feet extremely well. He’s pretty good on the offensive end, it'll keep coming in. He's playing with a lot of confidence as a rookie.
Then you have Kyrie Irving, who is the number one pick overall, and he has all the offensive ability and capabilities that anybody could ask for. They’re two pretty good backcourt players.
Josh Smith on the direction of the Cavaliers' organization (transcribed):
I think they’re doing good. My main concern is focusing on what we have going on. The Cavaliers, I think if they keep going at this pace they’ll be a pretty good team in the future.
The 1:28 mark of the video is where I thought Smith might've known that I was working my way towards measuring his interest in possibly signing a FA deal with the Cavs. I wasn't necessarily prepared to directly ask him, though, so I didn't. Thought I should wait to at least the All-Star break for a question like that. Too early in the season. Next time I bump into J-Smoove, though, I'll be sure to follow up.