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Hawks’ Josh Smith still on trade block. Any takers?

Dec 1, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

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Around the NBA draft last year the Atlanta Hawks shopped forward Josh Smith around. The feeling was mutual, Smith felt it was time for a change of scenery. However, the Hawks didn’t get any offers they liked.

Now with the lockout over, Smith is back up on the trading block, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

Josh Smith hasn’t changed his mind on a future with his hometown Atlanta Hawks: He believes he’s probably run his course with Atlanta. Without an owner committed to making the changes to push this team past its second-round Eastern Conference ceiling, sources said he’d still welcome the team putting him into a trade.

Rival executives say GM Rick Sund has told them everyone is available for deals, although Sund’s most reluctant to move Al Horford. There had been serious discussions between Atlanta and the Minnesota Timberwolves for Smith around the NBA draft, but they never materialized.

The Hawks shouldn’t part with Horford unless the guy coming back is one of 10 NBA cornerstone players. (And I’m not sure Dwight Howard signs an extension in Atlanta, to answer your next question.)

Smith is a good forward who can put up points (16.5 per game last year) and get you rebounds. He’s athletic and if you run the floor he’s a quality big to have.

But with a salary of $12.5 million this year and $13.3 next year he is going to be very tough to move. That’s a lot of money for the production.

  1. cosanostra71 - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Smith is an interesting piece because he’s a quality player who plays solid defense. But he needs to play in a certain system to be successful and how many teams have that?

  2. mondzy805 - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Get him Bulls. Give them Boozer and a pick. Smith and D Rose, would be Super Nice.

    • stayhigh_247 - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:13 PM

      nah, you dont give up Boozer to get him, more like Luol Deng

  3. themanchine - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    I think Smith for Grainger would be a great foundation for a trade.

  4. dcipher80 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Houston, give em Scola and who ever they want (outside of Martin, Lowry, or PPatt) and then sign Dalembert. A lineup of Lowry, Martin, Smith, Patt, and Dalembert is a top 5 team in the West. Those 2 moves fix our swiss cheesy defense, keeps us in decent cap position for next year, and HE WANTS TO COME TO HOUSTON. He’d be a matchup nightmare in the Southwest with McHale mentoring him in the post. Make it happen Morey!

  5. rdssc - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Boozer for Smith all day long. That would be one nasty defense with Smith and Noah in the paint.

  6. mannyicey - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Why would the Hawks want Boozer? What the Hawks want most is a Center, not another Forward. Plus, Smith’s upside is better than Boozer’s. Why would they give that up?

    • trueballs - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      exactly….they feel Smith isn’t as productive as his contract….so Boozer would be a great solution!!…$100 million contract, less athletic, doesn’t really play defense.

  7. sonofsambowie - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    This is the move the Hwaks need to make. Yeah, he’s got a big contract, but he is a crowd-plaesing player and would probably thrive in a more up-tempo system like atlanta, Golden Stats, Philly or Minnesota.

  8. mojosmagic - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Iggy for Smith.

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