Josh Smith has been among the names most frequently mentioned in trade rumors this season. It’s not because he can’t play or that his current Atlanta Hawks team no longer wants him.
The problem is, they no longer want him at the price he’s likely to command this summer.
Smith will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and Atlanta has reportedly been willing to extend him for somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 million over three years.
But Smith believes he’s a max player, and has turned down the extension offer while preferring to play out this season and see if he can get a bigger deal in free agency, perhaps with someone else.
The Hawks would prefer not to lose a player like Smith without compensation, so naturally, they’re willing to listen to trade offers.
The Atlanta Hawks…
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