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Josh Smith says what we all knew: Atlanta made no effort to re-sign him

Nov 19, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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The Atlanta Hawks were moving on.

Danny Ferry, formerly of the Spurs organization, went and poached Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant Mike Budenholzer, and they are trying to create San Antonio East in the ATL. With Al Horford in the role of Tim Duncan.

Josh Smith wasn’t part of those plans.

Smith will face the Hawks on Wednesday and so reporters wanted to talk about Smith’s exit from Atlanta to land in Detroit. He told the Journal-Constitution the Hawks made no effort to keep him.

“No, there wasn’t,” Smith said when asked if there was a contract offer. “During free agency, during that period, there were a lot of guys out in L.A. that were meeting with various teams. I was one of those guys. That’s where I work out in the summertime as well. The only time I saw the Hawks during free agency was when they came to one of my workouts just to say hello. I think they were meeting with Dwight Howard that day. They never came in or sat down with me during the free agency period to offer me anything.”

Except for the saying hello part, that is what Ferry had already said about the summer.

Atlanta is off to a nice 6-4 start, which is early but roughly on pace for the high 40s in wins, which is a little better than the 42 of last season. But what the Hawks have really gained with their moves is way more financial flexibility to tweak the roster. They are not contenders but they are in a better position to build going forward.

They have chosen, wisely.

As for Smith, he landed in Detroit, which has an interesting roster that is really struggling defensively to start the season.

  1. bigcalidawg - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Is he still chuckin up 3′s? Man is a street baller who will shoot his squad right out of a game.

    • telldatruth - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Pistons fans are starting to see that

  2. spursareold - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Smith is one of those players that thinks he’s actually a lot better than he really is. It’s tough to keep those kind of players because they want to be paid more than they’re worth, and they cause problems when their limited offensive ability isn’t showcased.

  3. vi3tguy415 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    KURT. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE EARLIER ABOUT IVERSON TALKING ABOUT HOW GREAT KOBE AND DURANT ARE. WOULD U EVER WRITE OR POST SOMETHING LIKE THAT? AN ARTICLE NOT ABOUT LEBRON. PLEASE RESPOND.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      I didn’t see that article in question. People that think I have any emotional attachment to LeBron are almost as idiotic as people who use all caps.

      • vi3tguy415 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        the truth hurts huh? sorry

      • arlingtonsynn - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Awesome Kurt.

    • ryanrockzzz - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Dude….

      So on an a post about Josh Smith, you would rather see an irrelevant A.I. post about what he thinks. There’s not too many people who care what he thinks about Kobe and Durant.

      • vi3tguy415 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        You don’t get it. If he knows anything great or someone complimenting lebum, he will post it in a heart beat. If its about Kobe or so, he will avoid it. Not about lebum all the time!

  4. vi3tguy415 - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    THUMBS DOWN ARE MIAMI FANS FOR SURE!!! GEEZ SO SENTIVE!

  5. 00maltliquor - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    WHY ARE WE TALKING LIKE THIS IN HERE!??

    • Kevin S. - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      LOUD NOISES

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