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Report: Josh Smith tells Hawks to trade him

Mar 8, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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Josh Smith has been a borderline All-Star for years in Atlanta but that is different from being happy — he feels he is the scapegoat of the Hawks problems among the fans and media. He doesn’t feel like he has the backing of the organization or that they do things like promote him as an All-Star.

Those frustrations have bubbled over to him requesting that Hawks trade him, ideally before the March 15 trade deadline, according to Michael Cunningham at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Even as Josh Smith is having a strong season for the Hawks he has let the team know he wants to be traded as the March 15 deadline approaches, according to people with knowledge of Smith’s thinking….

As the trade deadline approaches, the Hawks have taken calls from teams interested in acquiring Smith—Golden State is among the teams who have inquired. But the Hawks so far have given no indication that they intend to part with Smith, who likely would command a high price in a trade.

Smith is making $12.4 million this season and a fully guaranteed $13.2 million next season. That may make him challenging to move as teams have been slow to take on salary at the trade deadline due to the new CBA. That said, there are not a lot of big men as productive as Smith so there will be interest.

Smith should have made the All-Star team this year and is averaging 16.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He’s athletic and can run the floor and might fit best with a team that takes advantage of that. Smith is a force around the rim who has an unfortunate addiction to shooting long two pointers — he is taking six shots a game between 16 feet and the arc this season and hitting just 31 percent of them. He’ll take about one three a game too even though he is shooting 28 percent on those.

There certainly would be interest in Smith, if not at the deadline then next summer. With it sounding like he wants out the Hawks will need to move him before next year’s trade deadline or risk getting nothing for him. But that doesn’t mean he’ll get moved in the next six days.

The Hawks have been active, however, looking for a taker for Kirk Hinrich as well, according to multiple reports.

  1. reupjosh - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    And here goes another faux “superstar” holds his team hostage while he has another year on the contract. Ridiculous.

    • reupjosh - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      *holding

    • kinggw - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      How is he holding his team hostage? It sounds to me like he just wants a change of scenery.

      • cltjump - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        And who could blame him?

  2. davidf87 - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I live in ATL and have been a Hawks fan all my life. The organization is not the best, and frankly I don’t blame him for wanting a trade in this situation. Hopefully we’ll get something for him

  3. doctorfootball - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    The article’s author is absolutely correct about Smith’s bizarre obsession with taking long jump shots. That would be fine, except that he’s not a good shooter. As good as Smith is, he could be even better if he stopped taking so many or learned to jump shoot much better.

    • pudgalvin - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      He gets my vote for biggest underachiever award in the NBA. Honorable mention to John Wall.

      • adamthompson24 - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        John Wall? He can barely drink a beer legally, and you peg him as one of the league’s biggest underachievers? While playing on (possibly) the league’s most dysfunctional roster? Get a clue bud…maybe start with true underachievers like Kwame Brown or Darko, not proven talents..someone isn’t an underachiever just because he has yet to live up to the hype created by you or the media.

  4. eagles7to10 - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    We’ll take him here in Philly for Igoudala. Money is about the same too.

    • teehov843 - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      You trade Josh for Iggy and I guarantee the Sixers won’t make the playoffs!

    • leib15 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Josh for Iggy? Lay off the crack hommie.

    • turnmymicup - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:23 AM

      For Igoudala? Just silly. Iggy is playing good and at least he actually played in the Allstar game. Philly doesn’t need smith.

  5. david0303 - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    trade ellis for him. warriors need some D and then they can slide klay into the starting lineup so he can continue to develop and most importantly, steph will have his opportunity to run a team as long as he can keep that flimsy ankle somewhat healthy

    • zacmonte - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      I was just about to say this until I saw your comment. Monta Ellis has been in trade talks for years with Golden State and the new ownership has talked about being very aggressive in terms of making moves. Nothing will happen until they are totally out of the Howard sweepstakes as Monta will likely be a piece involved in that and they have pursued him (even though that is a terrible idea, giving up nice pieces when howard is likely to leave anyways seeing as they aren’t on the list of teams he would sign an extension with). With the trade deadline coming up and Smith asking for a trade, There wont be as much time for talks to happen, but Atlanta would do well to get Monta in a trade if they can and get rid of Smith before the deadline. Joe Johnson can slide to the 3 or Ellis could maybe play point in their offense, I’m not sure how that will work, but the talent of Ellis for Smith is a close match. It would be a huge win for Golden State as Smith fits well in their system, they can slide Thompson in at the 2, get more size and hopefully get rid of Monta’s inept defense while allowing Curry to fully run the team without Monta. I wonder how he would work with Lee also being on the floor, though, and their starting lineup would only have 2 good shooters in Thompson and Curry, Seeing as Wright would probably be moved out of the starting lineup. It isn’t the best deal, but with him asking for a trade so close to the deadline they will have to make moves quickly, and Ellis might be the best they can get, because I don’t see anything they could really get from Boston being better.

  6. oside760 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    clippers should drop kenyon and pick up smith. kenyon is awful and cant control his anger

    • oside760 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      come to think of it, the clippers are terrible and have no players that any team would want so this would never work out

  7. cluelessdufus - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    he does take too many shot. slower the shots down your not Kobe Bryant you might win

  8. cinnalocks - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    They way your brain works is terrible. You think K.Martin is a head case and you want to replace him with another head case Josh Smith at 12 -13 million a year? Where is the logic in that?

    The Clippers will finish 4,5 or 6 in the West. How is that terrible by any standard? Once you get into the playoffs ANYTHING can happen. Terrible is when you do not make the playoffs, as in years past.

  9. knicks4life - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Amare stoudimre & Landry fields for smith & Kirk hnrick

  10. andyreidisfat - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Smith should have been a sixer a few years ago. Brand for smith ….. Lol

  11. vstyle23 - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Hedo for Josh. JJ, Jameer and a draft pick for Monte Ellis and I bet Dwight Stays. Pretty scary starting 5 there. Ellis, Anderson, Josh, Dwight and bring back Rafer. What do you think?

    • theonlysaneblazerfan - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      If you think GS would give up Monta for Redick, Nelson and a pick you need medication.

  12. balleriq - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Wouldn’t be too bad, cept for the fact that Atlanta and GS would have to be crazy to accept those deals.

    Hedo for JSmoove? Washed up player with huge contract for borderline allstar with a one year deal left? You’d have to be Donald Sterling to thumbs up that trade.

  13. fm31970 - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    J-Smooth needs to go to a team with a coach who knows how to use his skills, and who can get him to play better and not take those low-per outside jumpers. Coach Karl would be ideal, but I’m not sure the Nuggets want to mess with their chemistry, apart from dealing Birdman.

    If Smith gets traded to a team who wants to use him as a scorer first, that would be trouble.

    Boston would be interesting…

  14. cmbailey7384 - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I would trade Kevin Garnett for Smith. Celtics get the rest of the year and half of next season to see if he is worth signing long term, the Hawks get him (Smith) off the books and obtain an expiring contract. I can see where the Hawks would feel like they were getting the short end of the stick, but anyone willing to eat the final year of Smith’s contract isn’t going to give away that much for him.

  15. turnmymicup - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Orlando should make a run for Smith. No not for Dwight relax. They don’t have much to offer but maybe they can get another team in the mix for a 3 way.

  16. magicfan22 - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Orl should do a 3 team trade deal which sends montae to the magic, then gs gets some defense with jsmoove
    not to sure what the hawks could get maybe redick ,Anderson klay David lee.

  17. mannyicey - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I know that a lot of people simply do not watch Hawks basketball, but Josh Smith has been the MVP of the season this year. When he leaves, the Hawks will no longer be a perennial playoff team, unless they get someone with equal or better skills.

    Smith is just scary on defense. He blocks more shots than practically anyone. On offense, his hops gives PGs a great target for easy 2 points. Plus, he’s a vocal leader that isn’t selfish. He’s not a ball-hog.

    The bottom line is that if he goes to an organization like the Lakers, or any mature organization, he will help them hoist up a trophy.

  18. chavezchris323 - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Might sound crazy, but I would definitely trade pau gasol for josh smith and Kirk heinrich. Lakers get a good power forward in return and get an upgrade at point guard

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