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NBA Trade Rumors: GSW, Cavs tussle to sign Josh Smith

The NBA Finals 2016 might be over, But the Cavs-Warriors rivalry still continues this off-season as they reportedly battle to sign NBA veteran Josh Smith.

By Staff Writer | Sep 23, 2016 09:35 AM EDT

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The NBA Finals 2016 might be over, But the two teams that met in the NBA Finals for the past two seasons is still continuing their rivalry this off-season as they reportedly tussle to sign NBA veteran Josh Smith. 

For the past 2 seasons, the NBA has been dominated by two powerful teams, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They met in the NBA Finals for 2 consecutive seasons now. The Warriors winning the NBA title in 2015 while the Cavaliers avenge the Warriors as they bagged the first ever NBA championship of their franchise this year.

They are the greatest rivals in NBA today. And  many believe that they were destined to meet again in June of next year to battle for the Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy once again.

With more than a month to go before the 71st NBA season kicks off, the Cavs and the Warriors are doing the best they could to polish their roster. And rumors around the NBA says that both teams are eyeing on free agent Josh Smith.

Although the Warriors is already an overwhelming favorite to with an NBA Championship this coming season, the team is still trying their very best to improve their roster. According to Chatt Sports Net, Josh Smith might be a good replacement for Harrison Barnes, who signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. 

With the lost of Warriors reliable bench players like Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa and Festus Ezeli, adding Smith will make the bench better offensively and defensively. Smith can shoot three-pointers, block shots and rebound.

On the other hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers are also interested in signing Josh Smith, as reported by Parent Herald. The Cavs have already trustworthy big men in Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. But with the addition of Smith in the line-up, their inside presence might be more formidable. He is a very athletic big man who can block shots, rebound and run well. He call also shoot threes from time to time.

Who can sign Josh Smith this off-season? The Cavs or the Warriors?

There was no official signing yet. But according to Mobile & Apps, Josh Smith will most probably sign with the Golden State Warriors as it has a better chance to win the NBA title this coming season. 



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