Josh Smith wants out of Atlanta

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AJC.com is reporting that Smith is requesting a trade to get out of Atlanta. With Smith under contract for another year the Hawks are in quite the situation. Smith was unhappy last year due to being singled out by his coaches. Now he’s blaming management for not promoting his game to be considered an all-star.

“By the end of last season Smith wanted out of Atlanta because he believed he was singled out for unfair criticism by coaches and media. Those concerns have died down for the most part this season but now Smith believes he needs a fresh start with a franchise where he can better reach his potential on and off the court, according to one of the people with knowledge of Smith’s thinking.

The person said one of Smith’s complaints is that he believes the Hawks didn’t do enough to promote him for selection to the All-Star team, which he thinks contributed to lesser players being voted to the team by Eastern Conference coaches. Smith, an Atlanta native who has played his entire seven-year career with the Hawks, also would like to play for a franchise he believes is more committed to winning a championship.”

– Michael Cunningham

One team that’s possibly interested is Golden State. Smith would probably be dealt for Monta Ellis and maybe another player or two. All depending on how they want to work out a trade. Though Golden State would probably not be the best market for Smith if he’s looking for some promotion. I could see Smith wearing a Celtics uniform in the future. Either by trade or free agency.

Smith is a very exciting player to watch on the court, but his production isn’t star worthy. His PPG/RPB/BLKPG looks like this, 17.1/9.8/2.0. Which is very good, but he’s not an elite player yet. His 19.61 PER proves that. Atlanta may not even be willing to give up Smith with a season and a half remaining on his contract. We’ll see how it plays out. This should be one of the more exciting NBA trade deadlines in years.

Sources – AJC.com Hawks Blog 



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4 Responses to Josh Smith wants out of Atlanta

  • Dallas Mavericks crybabay lamar odom for unhappy Josh who will be treated like a star by owner Mark Cuban

  • Golden State should swap Monta Ellis for Smith. They should also swap Curry for Rondo. Doing so would make them a tremendous team.

  • Well Odom for Smith straight up doesn’t work from a cash standpoint, plus the Hawks would be INSANE to do that deal anyways. Maybe sending Lamar Odom + Vince Carter and their 2013 first rounder for Josh Smith, or sending Lamar Odom, Bendan Haywood and their 2013 first rounder for Josh Smith and Marvin Williams would work.

    But neither of these trades seem likely to me either, becuase Odom and VC are both on the wrong side of 30 and while Haywood would give the Hawks a great defensive center and an opportunity to move Horford back to the 4, it’s still a far cry from ATL gaining real solid assets. Even that 2013 first rounder seems only partially appealing, being that Dallas will likely finish with a pretty decent record next season (especially if they happen to land Dwight Howard and Deron Williams).

    Trading with Dallas would be tough if you’re Atlanta because they don’t really have any assets (as far as players go) and they don’t even have a first rounder for 2012.They have a collection of old, past their prime, players and projects. It’d be impossible for me to give up Josh Smith for anyone on Dallas. But hey, crazier things happen.

  • @Derek.. I like where your head is at. I feel like Monta for Smith is a great move for both teams. It also works straight up. But the Warriors seem hell-bent on grabbing a center. Maybe you find a 3rd trade partner, like maybe the Bucks, and work out a larger deal.

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