08:07 AM ET 01.17 | Atlanta's slide, which it snapped Wednesday, had been wearing on Josh Smith, who sat out the game while serving a team suspension. [Smith's] agent spoke with Hawks general manager Danny Ferry on Wednesday to discuss what he characterized as "a lot of frustration" with the team's recent spiral, but stopped short of making a trade request. ... Smith will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and barring an unlikely departure from Los Angeles for Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, would be among the top players on the unrestricted market. "I do know there are teams interested," [Wallace Prather] said. Multiple rival executives confirmed that the Hawks have participated in trade conversations with several teams regarding Smith, a 27-year-old.