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Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:53 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 3:56 pm
Is Josh Smith headed out of Atlanta? (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has only known one home during his NBA career. And he's sick of it.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Smith has requested a trade from the Hawks.
Even as Josh Smith is having a strong season for the Hawks he has let the team know he wants to be traded as the March 15 deadline approaches, according to people with knowledge of Smith’s thinking.

And the reasons for Smith’s dissatisfaction with the team now have to make the Hawks wonder if they will be able to sign him to a contract extension next season.
The paper reports that Smith's grievances include being under a microscope, not getting enough organizational support for his All-Star bid and a belief that Atlanta doesn't have what it takes to compete for a championship. Smith would not comment on the report when offered the opportunity.

Smith, 26, is averaging 17.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this season. He was an obvious All-Star snub this year. According to, Smith is on the books for $12.4 million this season and $13.2 million next season.

That Smith is making noise with the trade deadline coming up next week is absolutely no surprise. He's been a regular on the rumor mill for years. Contract-wise, it's never made more sense for Smith to move. A team trading for him gets to add a versatile, hyper-talented 2-way player to their rotation in time for the playoffs with a test season next year to see if he acclimates to the new situation. There's no immediate pressure on the team side to keep him happy and there's no risk that he leaves for somewhere else in free agency this summer with the extra year on his deal. What's more, teams aren't trading into a contract they could come to regret. Smith is every bit of his cap number and we're talking about 1.5 years of paying him big money, rather than 3.5 or 4.5.

This all boils down to whether Atlanta has finally had enough and/or if they are able to find a way to offload him in a way that saves sufficient money to justify the loss. Even a disgruntled Smith is a major asset for the Hawks and there's a strong argument that he's Atlanta's best player, especially with Al Horford sidelined due to injury. You can understand why they would proceed with caution or delay the move as long as possible.

On balance, this just doesn't seem like an urgent situation from Atlanta's viewpoint, even if Smith really is itching to get out of town.

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2012 1:41 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Ok here's the deal with Josh Smith is he should of been an all-star we all know that so in order for a team to get him you would have to give up all-star talnt.I could see the Kninks be willing to  trade amar'e straight for him or the lakers pau for smith straight up but I .I would love to see the bull try to make a move for smith give up bozzer and a 1 first round pick for him. I think it would make the bulls a chapionship threat.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:56 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Smith for Gasol straight up and these two can go back to work.

Since: Mar 9, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:21 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks


I wouldn't mind seeing Josh Smith on the Bulls. But the Bulls wouldn't be able to fit Smith's salary under the cap w/o giving Atl Boozer's contract in return.

How about Boozer and Watson for Gasol?  He'd look really nice in a Bulls uniform.  Besides, his days in L.A. are numbered.

Dat Guy Ober Dare 

Since: Jun 8, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:42 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Amare is a better player when is the #1 option on the team. He prove it before Melo came when he was puttting up MVP numbers. But how will Josh fit in the Knicks offense. He might be a good second option. I can see the Knicks line up looking like this if they can pull off this trade:

PG: Lin
SG: J.R. Smith
SF: Melo
PF: Josh Smith
C:  Chandler

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:40 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

If I remember right, wasnt he a FA last year and decided to re-sign with Atlanta?  I know Dallas was offering him a deal but it was less then the Hawks.  Should have signed else where then.

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:58 am

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

How about Amare straight up for Josh Smith?  As a Knicks fan I love that idea, he would be a great fit.  As far as Amare, he would probably be excellent in Atlanta.  He performs better when he is a focal point of an offense.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:28 am

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

This is a business, it is better to start thinking about trading himm now and get something for him than to wait until his contract expires and he goes to a better team and the hawks are left with nothing...

I don't think i can stand to see Pau Gasol and Zsa Zsa playing to gether to week centers..

Send Josh and attach Joe Johnson along with him...need a true Center and guard.   

Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:30 am

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

I'm with  - Da Bulls!

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:20 am

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

i do not blame him, atlanta is going to stay in the same 4-5 seed, he needs to go to a contending team, like the bulls, but it is really surprising that he did not make the allstar team, and loul deng did...that shows the type of fan support he needs...and just a sneak preview at the line up with him...

pg:derrick rose
sg:ronnie brewer
sf:loul deng
pf:josh smith
c:joakim noah

if rip hamilton can put the bulls above the heat imagine what josh smith can do, taking away the threat of chris bosh and the aability to create his own shot...that being said, the bulls would have to trade some assests to get him, i dont think the ATL would want boozer and a coupler first maybe taj gibson, the bench, and the 1st rounders

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:44 am

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

How is he entitled to a change of scenery? He's signed to play in Atlanta for the next year and a half. End of story. He can leave after next season and go wherever he wants. As far as I know his contract doesn't say, "if you get bored or don't like being here for whatever reason, just let us know. Afterall you can play wherever, whenever you want."   BeanTwn is right on.  Just another player crying because his team isn't stacked.

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