"My feeling is that I'm an Atlanta Hawk," Smith said. "I'll be an Atlanta Hawk until otherwise, until they trade me or something else. I don't know. We've been with each other for a long time. We've had some success together. You never want to leave somewhere where you know that each year you're getting better and it could be something that much more special next year.
"But you never know what's going to happen. I'm just here. I'm an Atlanta Hawk right now. All I can do is stay ready, stay in my lane and stay focused and worry about bettering myself."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Gee, get the impression Josh Smith is a member of the Atlanta Hawks?
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the versatile forward repeated again-and-again he’s with the Hawks. Here’s the question: for how long?
For any number of reasons, the thrifty Hawks could cut ties with Smith and trade him when the lockout finally ends.
Money matters. And the Hawks’ ownership groups doesn’t have any and would be willing to move the final two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.
The Hawks are also in tough with respect to the salary cap. Currently, they have 9 players signed for a total of $65 million.
Suppose the luxury tax system is replaced by a stricter hard cap. Moving Smith would help the Hawks get under the hard cap and create the financial flexibility to fill out the roster with valuable blending pieces.
Finally, it may be time for a change. Smith and the Hawks have a tumultuous past, so perhaps, in the words of the lovely Sheryl Crow, a change would do you both good.
Will Smith and the Hawks stay together or part ways? Get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below with thoughts?