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08:07 AM ET 02.19 | All that chatter about where Josh Smith might play out the rest of the season has the Hawks star unconcerned. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Smith said leaving Atlanta isn't something he discussed with his family during the All-Star break. "We were just worrying about not getting sunburned," Smith said. "We didn't talk about anything related to basketball." Smith said that he hasn't thought about Thursday, nor will he. "I think y'all are worried about more than me," he said to the media. "It's been a blessing to be able to play in the NBA and my dream job. I'm not worried or concerned about anything." Point guard Jeff Teague said it will be a relief when the deadline passes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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February 19, 2013  08:42 AM ET

I don't know why the Hawks are eager to trade him. He's definitely a building block and as we know those types don't grow on trees. I hope Houston gets him. He'll do well in the Western Conference...

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February 19, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

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February 19, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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I don't know why the Hawks are eager to trade him. He's definitely a building block and as we know those types don't grow on trees. I hope Houston gets him. He'll do well in the Western Conference...

I think it is as simple as he wants Max. $$$ and the Hawks don't think he is worth it.

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February 19, 2013  10:03 AM ET

They have an ownership of like 10 different guys, not 1 person making decisions this is why they suck and will continue too

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February 19, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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I think it is as simple as he wants Max. $$$ and the Hawks don't think he is worth it.

Yep basically the Hawks are not giving him a max deal for a player that makes them good but not great. He will be moved and Ferry has been clearing room and making space for a run at Dwight. I wouldn't be suprised if he ends up in Phoenix, Houston, perhaps Utah. I believe Ferry would want a cheaper SF/PF and a future pick or a center. Al Jefferson for Smith would work. Milsap and a future pick/money etc for Smith.

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February 19, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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May or may not.The jury is still out on that one.

They still have LA but can a Jerry-less front office maintain??

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February 19, 2013  12:52 PM ET
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Phoenix and houston? yes-doubt utah as they already have big al and milsap who they are trying to move- taking on smith instead of one or both of them is not an upgrade (imo)

Milsap and a pick would be similar talent IMO to make the trade work salary wise. Again Utah is stacked with bigs they could move Favors to PF, Kanter to Center cheaper options than Milsap and Jefferson. Smith's versatility to play PF and SF would help them. So one or both Milsap and Jefferson are gone IMO. Jefferson is making 15Mill right now. I think he will want to reup that perhaps more. Atlanta has wanted and needed a center for years. So move Smith for Jefferson and maybe both sides think it is worth the gamble.

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