Josh Smith is going to be an Atlanta Hawk at least for the rest of this season according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski. Moments before the deadline the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets pulled out of the deal. Milwaukee, instead, opted to deal for J.J Redick.
Josh Smith was the most highly coveted commodity that was said to be available in the past few months. The belief is that he wants a maximum deal worth $90 million over the next five years and the Hawks aren’t willing to pay him that. Now, instead of being traded and keeping the extra $23 million dollars that he would’ve made, Smith will have to accept less money in free agency.
Smith will still be sought after by many teams in the offseason. It was believed that the Hawks asking price for Smith was too high. They were looking for young players to develop, expiring deals, and draft picks. They’re trying to ensure that they’re able to attract and sign Dwight Howard as a free agent this offseason. The team that Smith would’ve been sent to would’ve had to mortgage their team for this year and wouldn’t have been very competitive at all.
Here is the tweet from Woj:
Josh Smith will stay in Atlanta, league source tells Y! Sports. No deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013