Posted February 22, 2013

Report: Josh Smith ‘highly unlikely’ to re-sign with Hawks

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The Hawks reportedly nixed a last-minute trade of Josh Smith before he becomes a free agent. (Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Hawks reportedly nixed a last-minute trade of Josh Smith before he becomes a free agent after the season. (Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Josh Smith was not traded before Thursday’s NBA deadline, and will include Atlanta among his free-agent options at season’s end. But a person familiar with Smith’s plans told USA TODAY that Smith is “highly unlikely” to re-sign with the Hawks.

Smith’s 17.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and the Hawks’ hesitation to commit to a maxed-out extension put him at the top of coveted trade targets prior to the deadline. His numbers this season are slightly above his averages from nine seasons in Atlanta.

The Hawks reportedly were on the verge of dealing the 27-year-old to the Bucks until Atlanta GM Danny Ferry pulled the plug at the last minute.

“We value Josh,” Ferry told NBA TV. “He’s been important to our program here the last several years, and I’ve enjoyed working with him this year. He’s an important part of this team, and we look forward to finishing the year well with him.”

Smith has said publicly that he’s worth a max contract, estimated to be worth $94 million over five years, and told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I feel like I’m a max player,” Smith said. And yes, that is the first time he has said that.

“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.”

Smith again: “There shouldn’t be any hesitation. I’m Josh Smith, I’m not anybody else. I ‘m not Michael Jordan, I’m not LeBron James, I’m not Brook Lopez. I’m Josh Smith. You can’t look at what might’ve happened with another person. Let’s say Joe [Johnson]. You can’t say, ‘I’m skeptical of giving another person that’ because of whatever they feel like happened.”


11 comments
eddie577
eddie577

He's highly likely to sign with whoever gives him the biggest contract. If that's Atlanta then that's where he'll sign. He wants a max contract, but he is not that good. If Lebron can sign for less than the max than he should do the same. He's not worth more than $12 to $14 a year if that much. I am sure that some dumb GM might pay him more than he's worth.

Classy_Fro1
Classy_Fro1

In the new NBA. Josh will not get the max contract he is expecting. Who will give him that contract? The only team I can see give that kind of contract would be Dallas or the Lakers. There is going to have to be another team to get the max contract and clear enough space for either teams to attain his services. But I would not put it pass Cuban. D. Howard and Josh are good friends. I just can't see Cuban sign both Josh and Dwight to team up with Dirk. That would make the Mavericks the best front line in the league. Dirk, Dwight and Josh. Imagine the mismatches. Collison is a serviceable PG and Mayo will do as the SG. That is one tough starting line up to contend with. Either way its going to be tough to get the salaries to work. None of the fly over markets are going to take a chance. Thank you Kenyon Martin for signing with Denver and proving that no player is worth the contract for a second tier all star.

MickTimbrell
MickTimbrell

 Of course Smith won't resign, he has pretty much said he wants the money and if Atlanta was going to give him that money they would have already. The other factor is that Atlanta is just not a great team, that coupled with the fact that they made no moves to make team any better. So Smith isn't getting the money, isn't on a contending team & the team as it stands is no where near being one, I'm not really surprised He's not to motivated to stay. That being said for a guy that hasn't had any  real playoff success, no All-star selections, no scoring titles, no MVPs, no defensive player of the year awards, playing in the start of the tail end of their career to demand max money is beyond stupid, and is most likely the reason Smith wasn't dealt, who wants to give up so much for a player you know your not going to be willing or able to keep at the end of the season?

DavidMichaelBuxton
DavidMichaelBuxton

I wonder if this report has the same sources that said there was a 110% chance that Josh Smith would be traded before the deadline...

jjohnv2004
jjohnv2004

Atlanta should have traded Josh when they had the chance because I don't think he will resign.  He wants a max contract and the Hawks have shown they won't do it.  Apparently, they learned their lesson from the Joe Johnson debacle.  They didn't trade Josh because no one offered them anything worthwhile.  Not only is Josh  inconsistent and  erratic, but he has a reputation as a hot head and a coach killer.    He's no where near a max player,in my opinion.  Some of these young players are too full of themselves.

KenKing
KenKing

Josh Smith is a good player. But he is not a great player. In fact,he has never even been the best player on his own team. Nor is he the type of player who can just pick up the team and put it on his back. He is an excellent complimentary player and would be an asset to any team. That does not make him a MAX player, however. Perhaps 5 years at $12  million per year. That is plenty of money to feel the family.

juniorsgv1
juniorsgv1

he's a good player, but NOT MAX CONTRACT material. you know some stupid team out there will do it though.