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Hawks not planning to trade Josh Smith… not yet, anyway

Jun 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta Reuters

Josh Smith was a name you kept hearing pop up in trade rumors running up to the draft.

Which made sense. New general manager Danny Ferry has orders to shake things up, to make changes, and moving Smith could bring you back something of value — a lot of picks, maybe a good player and some picks.

Ferry’s phone rang, but nothing happened.

Because Ferry just isn’t ready to go there yet, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

Boston, Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers — with Pau Gasol as the prime piece being offered in L.A.’s case — have joined Orlando this week in making their interest in Smith known.

Yet as Ferry settles into the job, sources say he wants to take stock of things before deciding if he’s prepared to go into next season without Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract at $13.2 million and has let it be known for some time that he’d welcome a trade.

Ferry will come around this summer. He’ll look to move Smith. But the market may have changed by then and Ferry may not have as many options.

  1. paulhargis53 - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Why would you trade Smith for a guy 5 years older with $30 mil left on his contract? That makes zero sense.

    I don’t think they trade Gasol. I think they know they are stuck with him.
    They are floating rumors just to appease the overzealous unrealistic fanbase. They can say they “tried”.

    The Lakers got old and no one wants the broken down pieces. Weakest bench in the NBA too. It’s got to suck to be a Laker fan right now. Stuck with 2nd round, soon to be 1st round exits. Kobe era ending soon. It’s no wonder they lash out at facts when they are presented to them.

    • rushbacker - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Yep. They should have offered both Gasol and Bynum for Dwight and some other pieces when they had the chance– yes, it was overpaying, but they would have been rid of Gasol’s contract, and Bynum’s knees and attitude. After their inconsistent play in the playoffs, the Lakeshow may really be stuck. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys.

  2. lakerluver - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    The Hawks MUST make moves! They are a classic example of a good team that is not quite good enough to seriously challenge for a title.

  3. eaglessuperfan - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    These trade posts are starting to become annoying. First post “Team X is shopping Player X”. 12-24 hours later “Team X is not shopping Player X”. In truth the teams just didn’t get an offer they wanted. They would still trade “Player X”. Or the stories are just made up.

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