Hawks Not Looking To Trade Josh Smith

Josh Smith would like to be traded out of Atlanta, but the Hawks don't appear to be on board with the idea. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports (via Twitter) that Atlanta ownership is resisting trading Smith, despite the fact that the 6'9" forward has been hoping for a deal for the last year.

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported yesterday that Smith is seeking a trade to a franchise where he can start fresh. The longtime Hawk feels the team didn't promote his All-Star candidacy, and isn't dedicated enough to winning a championship, according to Cunningham's report.

If the Hawks were to entertain offers for Smith, he'd certainly be an attractive piece for a playoff contender. Even with a 15% trade kicker in his contract, Smith would be reasonably priced for a new team ($14.32MM this year, $15.12MM next year), and isn't locked into an inflexible long-term deal.

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