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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: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:09 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

I guess there's a lot of people that don't understand basketball.  Josh Smith is one of the most versatile players in the NBA.  The stats he's putting up are not an anomaly.  You can look at his stats for the last 4 yrs and they have been just as strong.  He's a strong above average two way player on offense and defense.  Come playoff time he doesn't drop off and actually excels.  The Hawks have tried to trade him on several occasions, and he never said a word about it.  If the statements that said where his, they are true.  We've seen coaches go to bat over the years for their players to make the All-Star and he more than deserved it a few times, especially this year, but he didn't get a single voice of support.  He's also correct in Atlanta not having what it takes to compete for a championship.  How can you be a functional team with a dysfunctional ownership trying to sue one another?  The organization is satisfied with being competitive and making the playoffs, not winning a championship.  Since he wants to be traded, if I'm Atlanta, I trade Smith and Pachulia to the Wizards for McGee, Blatche, Booker, and Vesely(throw in guy to make the numbers work).  Your big man rotation gets an incredible boost of young talent.  McGee comes in right away as your starting center, who's a very good defender and rebounder.  That moves Horford to his natural position of PF.  Booker and Blatche are two young and skilled big men that fill in at that big man rotation.  Atlanta finally get the big man rotation they have been looking for and move to the top half of the list in the NBA with the best big man rotation.  McGee and Blatche have been viewed as very talented knuckleheads, but I view the Wizards team as a very young team with no veterans or leadership, while coming over to Atlanta there's veteran leaders and structure and they should flourish. Booker is a hard playing physical 2nd year player, while Blatche is a very skilled PF.  McGee, Blatche, and Booker are all under 26yrs old.  Add them to an already young Teague, Williams, and Horford.  Atlanta gets younger, bigger, and better, while the Wizards get one of the most versatile players in Smith, and center in Pachulia, but most important, they get veterans who can become leaders on a young team. 

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:44 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

i'll take smith straight up for melo.

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:32 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Ok i'm not understanding all the hate for Josh Smith he is quietly one of this leagues premier players, and does all the little thing for his team he is one of only 2 players in this league that can guard all 5 positions, i will not name the other player cause i cant stand queen's!!!! This has to be devistating news for the Hawks franchise cause Dominique Wilkins is not walking through them doors any time soon to save the team like he always did!!.. So i hope for the best for Josh and the Hawks and i pray they handle him better than they did Nique !!! Hawk fans dont wanna hear the name Danny Manning again, i guarantee you that!!!!

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:26 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Here we go again! Another whining malcontent. You're not going win a championship because you get traded. Remember me-first over-paid, over-hyped guys, only 1 team out of 30 wins a championship. Where do you want to go Josh? How about New Jersey where Dwight can be the man. Oops, forgot about Deron Williams. Anyway, they have a great teams there, Josh. How about the New York Dicks? They have lots of Broadway actors and slick rappers and their record is fantastic. How about calling a spade a spade and just let the Atlanta fan know that you just want to go where the bright light are. You want to go where you can be a little fish in a big Pond of ceaseless egos because we know you guys don't want to win Sheee-it!

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:35 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

sixers... read this<br />

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:31 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Plz explain why the Cavs would trade Jamison and Tristan for a guy that may/will walk next yr?  Smith is gonna want the max cause he thinks he is an All star every yr.  He is not a max player so he needs to get off his high horse.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:26 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

How about Josh Smith to Milwaukee for Stephen Jackson and Ersan Ilyasova? Ersan is a power forward having a breakout season. He's cost effective. He's a heck of a rebounder, and can score. The Hawks would also need to take on some salary to make the trade work. hence, Stephen Jackson. Nope, the Hawks don't really want him. Nobody does. But they can amnesty his contract after the season and gain $9 million toward salary cap relief as the Hawks are burdened cap wise. Jackson and Ilyasova are also two players who have reportedly fallen out of favor with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles ... even though Ersan is doing a heck of a job.

Now, perhaps Skiles doesn't keep his job, and Milwaukee would prefer to keep Ilyasova instead of the coach.  

From Milwaukee's point of view, they get a great power forward to go with Brandon Jennings and if Andrew Bogut could ever stay healthy... yeh, I know, pipe dream. Oh well. 

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:03 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

 Dallas is going to pay attention, I'm telling you.

 The contracts of Jason Terry and Jason Kidd are up after this season. They're going after Deron Williams in the offseason with a chunk of the free change. Why not add Josh Smith into the mix opposite of Nowitzki instead of breaking the bank on Dwight Howard. It gives them a better chance this season than Odom gives them, and they're set up for next year.  They can ship off Odom and a draft pick along with Terry or Kidd to compensate Atlanta. These 2 teams have done some deals in the past and the Mavericks have gotten the best of them. I'm sure they can do it again.

Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:51 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Minus TT, no way they give up TT for his guy, Jamison is off the books after this season as hes an expiring, the contracts are nearly identical, maybe throw in a future 2nd rounder, but Cavs wont give up their your big TT, not a chance in he**

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:49 pm

Report: Josh Smith requests trade from Hawks

Come on over to Orlando!!

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