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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: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:41 am

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

The problem for the Hawks is they have been trying to win with 2 powerforwards, they needed to trade one of the. Hell I bet the hawks could trade Smith and Hinrich to the Lakers for Paul Gasol and tow future 1st rounders, if Howars is traded elsewhere. Gasol could play center, moving Horford to his true 4 position. Not the best trade in the world, but the Hawks won't win with Horford at the 5, but him at the 4 would be great. Plus if he keeps playing at the 5 his career won't last as long. 

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:04 am

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Look at the Hawks record with Al Horford starting and him not being there.  The teams stinks, Josh MSith is at best a #3 on a team, look at his record with out Horford.  I say trade him and get 2 good players in return for him.  build depth.  Also by trading Smith they can move Horford to his natural position, Power Forward. 

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:39 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

ill tempered but very talented and just a naturally strong player Josh Smith is. He can carry even a herky jerky team like the Hawks a couple of rounds in the playoffs. The kid's entitled to a change of scenery like anyone else, and if he's doing it while making millions, more power to him. Everybody can't play in the NBA, dollars or not.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:17 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

An NBA player wants out before his contract is up, because the team doesn't pamper him and he doesn't get enough recognition.  Is anyone really suprised at this point?  The NBA is a bunch of overpaid, selfish, whiny, self-centered peices of trash.  I have never completely abandoned a sport like I have the NBA this season...and it will be a long time before I return.  

Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:14 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Smith is a big upgrade from Elton and much younger, but then ur lose some defense but gain offense. Sixers offense would be right up there with the best of them. Hawks already have Joe Johnson so I can't see them making this trade.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:52 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

how does iggy for smith improve 76er's?

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:34 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

sixers will try for him. iggy and a 2ndfor josh smith!!! i would rather trade turner but the money wouldnt work if it was turner. if we could trade elton brand and evan turner plus a first rounder for smith and another throw in that makes the money work.... Get this done sixers!!!!

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:32 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Smith definitely got snubbed as an All-Star and is very under-rated.  He is a beast on the court and on the stat sheet.  Definitely one of top 5, 2 way combo-forwards in the league.  He can play either forward position with relative ease.  I would only put LBJ ahead of him on the top combo forwards list.

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:26 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

 Hawks wouldn't give a division rival Smith and Teague for Nelson. That heavily puts favor on the Magic in that situation. Look out of the division or conference for offers, but remember that he is under their contract and they don't have to grant his wish. They've got to look out for their own squad.

Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:11 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Josh Smith and Jeff Teague could trade to Magic for D12 and Jameer Nelson. But the hawks may have to add a player to match that price of quite a bit for D12.

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