Atlanta Hawks Must Avoid Making Josh Smith Their Next Joe Johnson

December 11th, 2012 by Maxwell Ogden Leave a reply »
According to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, star forward Josh Smith has expressed interest in remaining with the Atlanta Hawks beyond 2013. Smith is set to become an unrestricted free agent upon the conclusion of this season.

No matter what it takes, the Hawks must avoid making Smith their next Joe Johnson.

Tomasson reports that Smith "never wanted to leave Atlanta." This comes after months of speculation surrounding a potential trade, specifically to the Los Angeles Lakers in return for Pau Gasol (via ESPN).

The Hawks' offseason acquisitions reportedly played a major factor in Smith's verbal commitment to remain in Atlanta.

“I never said one time that I wanted to leave Atlanta,’’ Smith, whose surprising Hawks [12-6] play Wednesday at Orlando, said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida while in Miami for Monday’s 101-92 loss to the Heat. “It was always rumors and things. The moves that they made [last summer] and the success that we’re having, I am excited about what is going with this organization and I am considering strongly staying here. I haven’t ever had any thoughts that I wanted ...

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