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Report: Atlanta Hawks considering trading Josh Smith

Jun 21, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

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Atlanta needs to do something to shake up this team, because it is clear the current roster is a step or two behind the elite in the East. And while you can expect that Chicago and Miami will be better next season, Atlanta isn’t going to get better without some bold moves.

Like trading Josh Smith.

Which is something they are exploring and something the forward is good with, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

The Atlanta Hawks have started to gauge trade interest on forward Josh Smith(notes), and Smith isn’t averse to ending his seven-year stay with his hometown team, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.

Smith hasn’t requested a trade, but has privately told league friends that the Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic are his preferred destinations should the Hawks decide to move him.

Smith had another good season for the Hawks — 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game — but he and coach Larry Drew clashed, and that reportedly carried over to the locker room. Drew wanted Smith to shoot fewer jump shots, Smith undercut Drew in the locker room.

Smith has two years, $25.6 million left on his deal, not an unreasonable one for a borderline All-Star. But the Hawks are going to want real talent back and that may not be easy at all. Especially where Smith wants to go — Boston plans to make another run with their core, Orlando and New Jersey do not have a lot of good trade bait to offer. With that, don’t expect a deal, if one comes at all, until after a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place.

But the talks seem to be out there.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Why no love for my spurs smith? We need another big!!!

  2. ginnitti - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    It’s obvious this trade is purely to cut their losses financially. They overpaid for a good, not great player. But Smith is an asset to this team – something he may not be in another town. Atlanta may be pushing him to the block in hopes that nobody bites, garnering leverage to rework this contract and bring in more pieces.

    Source: http://www.spotrac.com/nba/atlanta-hawks/josh-smith/

  3. damp1015 - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    I like Josh Smith, go to the Nets buddy.

  4. bobulated - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Be careful what you wish for; Smoove is an incredibly talented player that plays excellent D and is an amazing slasher…when he wants to be. Too often he settles and repeatedly hoists up jumpers; not a good thing because Josh is not a great jump shooter. He has been in the league 7 years now and although he’s still young, you wonder if the maturity and the hard work to take his game to the next level will ever come.

  5. igeorgiaboy - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    I’m glad the Hawks are moving on with Josh Smith. He was a top pick when he came out and clearly a bust. Go back and watch the Orlando series .. Doesn’t play a lick of defense , hangs around the 3 point line like he can shoot and only shows signs of life on fast breaks. Sure he is good for blocking shots into the crowd on run downs but all NJ BOS and HOU will be getting is a poor mans Richard Jefferson at best.. I would rather see the hawks play with 4 people on the court than have him trot his over paid tail down the court. Been in the NBA 7 years and can’t dribble or shoot and to say he is athleticism is above average is a joke . Yea he can dunk but what does he REALLY do for the hawks? …….. I’ll wait

    • ndirishfan1 - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      Not a bust, not even close–especially for a 17th pick (Hawks fans probably remember the immortal Cal Bowdler was a 17th pick as well, wait, they probably don’t, I think Cal and his family may be the only ones to remember that… either way, THAT, was a bust):
      1. 16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg last season
      2. 49% shooting over the past three years
      3. Averaged over 8 boards per game in four of the past five seasons
      4. 25 blocks in 12 games in 2010-11 postseason
      5. 2009-10 All Defensive 2nd Team

      (I’m assuming you meant a YOUNG Richard Jefferson, which may be accurate. But you’re forgetting that Jefferson was a heck of a player before he started having injury problems, so it’s not that big of a slight.)

      You’re right though, shoots far too many three pointers and long jumpers. But, I doubt they’ll get equal production in return from a trade with any of the teams mentioned.

      Thank you to basketball-reference.com for the statitistical assist on this one!

  6. igeorgiaboy - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    O and take Marvin Williams with you… “Atlanta’s own Amos and Andy “

  7. svallen - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    He showed potential in the playoffs – I’m not sure the Hawks should trade him just yet. I think they should wait one more year, see how he is doing. If they see there is something worth trading for him, do it – but it not, Smith might be someone they want to sign an extension with to help solidify that Hawks core for years to come.

    Found his 2 year $25.6 million details – http://www.spotrac.com/nba/atlanta-hawks/josh-smith/

  8. igeorgiaboy - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Smith can’t shoot and dribbling is poor at best if you call weak side eye dropping blocked shots defense then you are sadly mistaken.. He is inconsistent and ruins the hawks offense … It is impossible to run am offense through him with that high level of athleticism… 25.6 million for what? A few blocked shots and top ten plays …. You can trade him and Marvin for some real talent…

  9. themanchine - Jun 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    To Denver for Chandler & Felton

    • rushbacker - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:50 AM

      Aww, helllll no!

      Sincerely,

      Denver

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