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Hawks struggling to land prime assets for Smith


08:02 AM ET 02.20 | As of Wednesday morning, Atlanta hadn't found its strike price in the case of Josh Smith. Engaged with multiple teams in trade talks for [Smith], the Hawks are struggling to get the assets they are seeking for the prospective free agent, league sources told Tuesday. Hawks GM Danny Ferry has told prospective trade partners he is not interested in taking back future salary and he won't do a deal "just to do it," one person familiar with the discussions said. The Hawks have been in conversations with many teams about the 27-year-old forward, with the most persistent conversations happening with the Suns, Bucks, Celtics and Nets. Ferry has prioritized youth and multiple draft picks in talks for Smith.

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February 20, 2013  08:33 AM ET

He's a rental for a few months. Who gives alot for a rental and one that wants a max at the end?

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February 20, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Yeah he is in prime this is last "max" deal realistically. He is not a max type of player. Atlanta wants a center or another elite player that is relatively young. No teams are giving that up. I think Atlanta will settle for something by Thursday.

February 20, 2013  08:58 AM ET

The best they can get is Monta... and his contract is not even friendly.

February 20, 2013  09:01 AM ET

The best they can get is Monta... and his contract is not even friendly.

Yeah they have a stockpile of guards though, I agree that is probably the best that they can get, or going possibly equivalent cheaper talent and a pick

February 20, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

February 20, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

Be careful what you wish for, Bro.

February 20, 2013  09:28 AM ET

The Hawks may just let J. Smith go in July if they can't upgrade. Actually, the Bucks is the only team that the Hawks may want to build with because of the talent they have in the front-court. The Hawks are Guard-Rich, so the last thing they want to see is yet another guard.

But if they don't get what they want, they'll just ride with him, let Josh Smith audition for another team for the remainder of the season and part ways.

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February 20, 2013  12:29 PM ET

I disagree-the heaks have al horford and teague...other than that?they have nothing that can't be upgradedeven if you get back a couple of 2nd round picks its better than letting the guy walk for nothing

Yeah the only time you let a player walk if you have a backup ready to take his place or you can't get anything for said player. Atlanta has no leverage they knew this was coming last year. Smith and probably his agent needs to come down on his asking price. Giving the wrong guys max deals leaves you in mediocrity

February 20, 2013  12:59 PM ET

He is not getting the max from anyone. The fact that the Hawks still have him says that much. If he was a max players he would've been gone and the Hawks would have received a nice package in return. I'd like to see Josh take less and stay a Hawk. Then let the franchise use cap space to continue to add to the team. He'd then spend his career in his hometown. This doesn't happen often. He only wants max because he feels he was always better than Joe. And he may be right, but neither of them are max players. Joe got lucky, now Josh gets his feelings hurt.


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