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