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Josh Smith is back in Atlanta, thinking over his future

Jul 5, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

Hawks forward Smith walks on the court during their game against the Miami Heat in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta Reuters

While the spotlight has firmly been on Dwight Howard and his meetings with teams, Josh Smith was in Los Angeles too, talking to teams pursuing him.

Smith, arguably the second best free agent still on the market this summer, spoke with Detroit, who was rumored to want to make a big offer to him. There were talks with Houston, which is contemplating pairing him with Howard if they land him. Boston has been mentioned, even though that doesn’t make a ton of sense for them. Atlanta is expected to make an offer to keep him. There were others.

While the spotlight followed Dwight Howard to the Rocky Mountains as he was thinking about his options, Smith planned to spend the Fourth of July and the weekend at home thinking about his next play.

Smith has said he wants a max contract but apparently so far that has not been forthcoming. He averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds a game plus is a good defensive forward. There’s a lot to like. The biggest drawback is he doesn’t play to his strengths — he’s a beast inside five feet but has a penchant for jump shots he does not make that often.

Smith’s best play may be to wait until Howard makes his move (that could be Friday) then see how the market shifts for him. If Howard chooses Houston that may become an option. Otherwise, teams that miss out on Howard might make a run. Bottom line is as teams become a little more desperate his options may increase.

But it still may not get him the max deal he wants. Teams are more cautious with the new CBA. But either way Smith is home thinking it over.

  1. tomshoe - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    If he’s smart, he’d leave the Hawks. They’re probably not getting Dwight, and will probably hit the rebuilding button.

  2. freeworld - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Josh could fit in with the spurs since they are a up tempo team (quick). He would play PF and Duncan would play center. now i dont know if Splitter could be traded now but send him and Bonner to atlanta. Al Horford would play PF Splitter as C.

  3. anhdazman - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    You can stack Josh Smith with the Rudy Gay of the league. Definitely talented, but not the type of player to take your team over the hump as the #1 player. At this point, he wasn’t even that great of a #2 player in Atlanta with Horford. Smith has a lot to prove. I’d be careful if I was a team trying to sign him. He doesn’t deserve a MAX contract.

  4. cmehustle - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Not gonna lie, Dwight + Smith and Harden looks real good on paper. Not sure how much left over they would have to build around those three but that is looking like the best in the west on paper.

  5. badintent - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Hope his agent makes the decision for him. His jump shot selection is terrible, hope his team selection is better.

  6. dezglobal - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Goes to Detroit

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