Josh Smith Happy With Hawks

December 12 2012 at 9:33pm CDT By Sean Highkin

Outside of Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, Hawks forward Josh Smith is the biggest name on the free-agent market this summer. And while there has been speculation in the past that Smith is unhappy in Atlanta, HoopsWorld.com's Steve Kyler says that is no longer the case.

Kyler tweets that Smith believes the Hawks, who currently own the third-best record in the Eastern Conference at 13-6, are title contenders. A contending team is what Smith has always desired, Kyler says, and is satisfied with the progress the Hawks have made.

Smith, 27, is averaging 17.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG, and 3.8 APG in his ninth season with the Hawks. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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