Sunday , Feb , 03 , 2013 Paul Eide

Rumor: 3 Reasons Hawks Won’t Trade Josh Smith

Josh Smith wants to be a free agent.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Which means a trade during this season is unlikely for a few reasons.

1) He wants a max contract.

ATL just isn’t willing to spend that kind of money on Smith at this point and it seems like he wants to go elsewhere after spending the first 9 years playing for the Hawks. “I feel like I’m a max player,” Smith said. “I feel I bring a lot to the table. I have a lot of versatility. For what I do and what I give this ball-club, I feel like I’m worth it.” Even if he is a max player, you ‘d be surprised if the Hawks ponied up like that after the Joe Johnson fiasco in which they maxed him out and he didn’t play that great.

2) The Hawks don’t want to take on any more contracts.

The Hawks are believed to be as interested as any team in the league in landing Lakers headache Dwight Howard after the season. It’s pretty obvious he won’t be returning to LA unless a miracle happens. So even though the trade of Smith for Howard seems unlikely during the current season, it could work itself out the same way during free agency.

3) The Hawks need him right now.

Atlanta is currently 6th in the Eastern Conference and are just 1.5 game out of 4th, 2.5 games out of third. They are in the middle of a playoff run and even though it seems unbelievable/doubtful, they have as good a shot as anyone else in being the #1 seed in the conference.  Smith is again having another well-rounded, productive season and he is vital to the Hawks right now, regardless of the “name” type player they could pull in return.

But as for after the season, the same cannot be said. And it should be great drama to see where Josh Smith ends up.

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