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Report: Hawks taking trade offers for Josh Smith

Feb 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Josh Smith has been among the names most frequently mentioned in trade rumors this season. It’s not because he can’t play or that his current Atlanta Hawks team no longer wants him.

The problem is, they no longer want him at the price he’s likely to command this summer.

Smith will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and Atlanta has reportedly been willing to extend him for somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 million over three years.

But Smith believes he’s a max player, and has turned down the extension offer while preferring to play out this season and see if he can get a bigger deal in free agency, perhaps with someone else.

The Hawks would prefer not to lose a player like Smith without compensation, so naturally, they’re willing to listen to trade offers.

From David Aldridge of NBA.com:

The Atlanta Hawks are entertaining trade offers around the league for forward Josh Smith, but have yet to decide whether they will deal the ninth-year forward, according to league sources.

The Hawks met with Smith’s representatives this week, at which point the team indicated it was not willing to give Smith a max contract after this season, according to a source.

Smith, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late last month that he believes he’s a max player, which would mean he’d be in line for a five-year deal worth around $94 million from Atlanta.

But the Hawks, which expect to be major players next summer in free agency or through trades, do not want to tie up that kind of money going forward.

Smith is a nice player, with an athletic skill set that can help teams on both ends of the floor. But is he capable of being your number one franchise guy?

That’s what teams bidding for Smith’s services will have to determine if they’re willing to give up legitimate assets this season to get him, because with the current salary cap and luxury tax implications teams are dealing with in the face of the most recent collective bargaining agreement, most clubs can’t afford to tie up that kind of cash in a player who’s going to be the second or third most important piece on a championship caliber squad.

  1. doublezero74 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Smith is an empty uniform. Great talent but great disappointment too. Every time he jacks up a 23 footer he should be docked 10k

  2. ebrownwareagle - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    20K

  3. fanofevilempire - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I don’t know how many better free agents are out there that actually want to play for Hawks.
    Remember the dog with the bone and his reflection in the pond.

  4. Filipe Furtado - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    I’m still trying to understand how a player that:
    a) isn’t a center
    b) isn’t a guard/forward able to creat his own shot and can be expected to average 18+ a game
    c) has never made an all star or all nba team

    can seriously be expecting to get a max contract. I’m pretty sure that has never happened since max deals exist.

    • daddyghi - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      d) is a headcase

      • chevyss69 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        would like to see the Nuggets get him but am afraid they would have to give up quite abit to get him. the Nuggets playing good ball at the moment, 9 in a row after tonight. would not like to give up the core of the team to get him

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Still, SOME team out there will be stupid enough to pay up, watch. If Roy Hibbert is a max player and Kris Humphries can make 12 million a year, SOME chump of a GM will give Smoove the ridiculous amout of cash he craves.

  5. dadawg77 - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Great talent but not all in with the Hawks right now. He had some great break away dunks vs the Bulls but all of then came because he wasnt hustling and trailing the play on defense. Hard to give him max money when he plays like that.

  6. cranespy - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Perfect solution ….. Smith to LA for D Howard …..

    • bparmalee - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Whoa……. the Lakers better throw in something else because as much of a headcase as Josh Smith may be….. he isn’t near the problem that Dwight is. Not to mention injury prone……..

      • texmex2 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        ya got that right

      • texmex2 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        you got that right

      • mytthor - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        You’re insane if you think that Josh Smith has more trade value than Dwight Howard.

  7. bobulated - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    The Hawks have to do their due diligence despite the fact at best they will get pennies on the dollar for him. However I would argue using the number of all-star games a guy has played in as a measure of worth is a waste of time; every year guys get screwed and other guys go because of their names; IMHO Smith has been screwed the most often recently of anyone I can think of having had several all-star level seasons according to PER.
    That being said he is no way shape or form deserving of a max contract and the Hawks would be foolish to give it to him. 3/45 is very generous for what he is; a usually excellent defensive player who can fill it up when motivated and playing his game but even after all this time in the league still shows maturity issues and makes very poor decisions with the ball.

  8. atlsportingreports - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

  9. phaktor333 - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Antoine Walker in waiting. As a ball player, hopefully not in finances.

  10. codysteeler - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Smith for Nuggets’ Mozgof and a 1st round pick…PLEASE!?!

    • broncobeta - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Acquiring Smith would mean that Faried would have to sit the bench. It would also mean that the Nuggets, in their search for a star, would have to settle for Smith. Masai Ujiri is no fool.

  11. nawlinsmitty - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Josh is delusional. Get rid of him. His game stinks.

  12. 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Whoa, Josh Smith vaules himself way too high! 45 mill over te course of 3 years is still way too much. That’s the kind of contract that gets you shipped out in an effort to rebuild and save cap space not long after the ink dries.

  13. bigwii - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Danny Ainge please take that call

  14. qpoiu1 - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I bet the Rockets will end up giving him the max contract. He will excel in their fast pace system, but not worth a max deal of course

  15. badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    he only gets a Max deal if KG calls him a Honey Nutter

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