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08:06 AM ET 03.09 | The ball is now in Atlanta's court. Even as Josh Smith is having a strong season for the Hawks he has let the team know he wants to be traded as the March 15 deadline approaches, according to people with knowledge of Smith's thinking. And the reasons for Smith's dissatisfaction with the team now have to make the Hawks wonder if they will be able to sign him to a contract extension next season. By the end of last season Smith wanted out of Atlanta because he believed he was singled out for unfair criticism by coaches and media. Those concerns have died down for the most part this season but now Smith believes he needs a fresh start with a franchise where he can better reach his potential on and off the court.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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March 9, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Dude... quit your crying!

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March 9, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I gotta admit....I don't have a problem with star playerswanting out or being vocal.....But what the hell has josh smith done/accomplished to warrant complaining about anything?

You don't have to be a star to ask for a trade. I mean if you don't like you simply leave. But with the NBA he can't just leave... the stakes are too high so he did the right thing in asking to be traded the beginning of the season but I think Atlanta's management forgot. Hopefully we can get him in three team trade with Melo to boot.

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March 9, 2012  09:17 AM ET

I would love to have this guy instead of Boozer.

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March 9, 2012  09:20 AM ET

I Would too.... With those large contracts Atlanta signed, they are stuck in Mediocrity Hell for awhile.... Getting to the second round of the playoffs and out is tiring after a while....

March 9, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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I would love to have this guy instead of Boozer.

Stern would not allow it. Bulls are 1 power forward away from being the top team. Boozer is your doom - he is a liability with no benefits.

March 9, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This trade me mentality is starting to get old. Time for the owners to take back control and put the workers back where they belong. You're getting paid millions to PLAY A GAME. While those of us who pay your salaries are stuck in dead end jobs that pay substandard wages and shrinking benefits.

First off...its getting OLD when ppl compare our normal jobs to pro athletes. Its 2 totally different worlds so please stop it.

We WISH we had the leverage that the pro athletes do..I know I do! Instead of being stuck in a company that doesnt utilize ur talents, wouldnt it be nice to have ur current employer find another place for you to work? Sounds nice to me...I'm just sayin, at least some players actually enjoy the game and not just collect a check. J-Smoove could easily make his millions and not care about being productive or winning bc the contract is guaranteed. Give the guy some props for wanting to do better

March 9, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

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March 9, 2012  10:09 AM ET

he's an average player and an above-average whiner.

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March 9, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Stern would not allow it. Bulls are 1 power forward away from being the top team. Boozer is your doom - he is a liability with no benefits.

Yeah he made Dwight Gooden look like Karl Malone.

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March 9, 2012  11:16 AM ET
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Hopefully we can get him in three team trade with Melo to boot.

I think ATL will go young and not want to take-on Melo's contract. Unless, perhaps, NYK were willing to take-on JJs contract.

March 9, 2012  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This trade me mentality is starting to get old. Time for the owners to take back control and put the workers back where they belong. You're getting paid millions to PLAY A GAME. While those of us who pay your salaries are stuck in dead end jobs that pay substandard wages and shrinking benefits.

yep. the part that offends me is when you see a dwight howard (or melo last year) clearly having a negative impact on his team by demanding a trade WHILE UNDER CONTRACT. i mean, it's a lost season for orlando. at what point is ownership justified in claiming breach of contract?

contrast with albert pujols last season in st lou...... played hard, won his team a championship, and then worried about next contract once current one was completed.

March 9, 2012  11:38 AM ET

COME TO BOSTON BABY

March 9, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

COME TO BOSTON BABY

Ainge has always had an interest in Josh Smith. Now is his opportunity to obtain him.

 
March 9, 2012  12:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Ainge has always had an interest in Josh Smith. Now is his opportunity to obtain him.

What will BOS offer in return? Because ATL wants the following:
1st round picks
Young Talent
Cap relief

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