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Report: Josh Smith 'highly unlikely' to re-sign with Hawks

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08:02 AM ET 02.22 | Josh Smith is staying home -- in Atlanta with the Hawks. For the time being. The Atlanta native and subject of intense trade discussions was not dealt Thursday, and he will play the rest of the season for the Hawks, who are 29-23 and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. On Thursday, Smith said Atlanta will be on his list of teams he considers when he becomes a free agent. However, all politics is local. The Atlanta native does not want to irritate the home fans, but a person familiar with Smith's plans told USA TODAY Sports that it is "highly unlikely" that Smith re-signs with Atlanta. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the private nature of the negotiations.

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February 22, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Don't understand why they let him walk for nothing, but regardless of what they do, I think we're all sick of hearing about it.

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February 22, 2013  08:45 AM ET

well Milwaukee was the frontrunner in the discussions for smith before ATL backed out at the last second. I cant really blame them, the offer was terrible. The bucks didnt include Ellis, Jennings, or Sanders, so id rather have the cap space than spare parts such as udoh, mbah moute, and udrih, etc which is pretty much what they were offering.

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February 22, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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So you basically going to let a borderline AS player walk for nothing?Dumb

They could have traded him to the Bucks.

February 22, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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Except we didn't get nothing. The Cavs signed and traded LBJ and got some draft picks and salary exception.

Now the Cavs are a bottom tier team going nowhere.

February 22, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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well Milwaukee was the frontrunner in the discussions for smith before ATL backed out at the last second. I cant really blame them, the offer was terrible. The bucks didnt include Ellis, Jennings, or Sanders, so id rather have the cap space than spare parts such as udoh, mbah moute, and udrih, etc which is pretty much what they were offering.

I thought it would have been a good trade for both teams.

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February 22, 2013  09:00 AM ET

They can allow Josh Smith to walk away for nothing because when he does walk, The Hawks has more cap space to get as much as three max players! They really didn't need to trade to get something because they get something if and when Josh Smith walks away.

Let me be the first to say that the Atlanta Hawks is going to be a major player in the Dwight Howard trade talks for next season.

February 22, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Now the Cavs are a bottom tier team going nowhere.

BINGO

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February 22, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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So you basically going to let a borderline AS player walk for nothing?Dumb

exactly.
They already said he ain't worth max money, yet they didn't accept any offer for him...
Bonehead management in Atlanta.

February 22, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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exactly.They already said he ain't worth max money, yet they didn't accept any offer for him...Bonehead management in Atlanta.

And you wonder why some teams never make the playoffs.

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February 22, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Incorrect, the Cavs are rising and rising fast. The youngest team in the league with the soon to be best PG in the league and tons of high draft picks and an owner with deep pockets.

AKA - a bottom tier team filled with future dreams that won't amount to anything.

 
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