Josh Smith is leaving Atlanta


Smith broke the record of being the youngest player in the NBA to get 1,000 career blocks.

With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumors are emerging from left to right. Is your favorite team on the verge of signing one of the best players the in the league?

On February 21, 2013, all the questions will be answered.

Earlier this year, everyone thought Dwight Howard wouldn’t even finish one season on Kobe’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers. This year there are only three teams very involved in trade talks: Milwaukee, Phoenix and Atlanta.

First off we have the Atlanta Hawks. Before the season started, Atlanta’s new general manager already started making moves. Atlanta traded star player Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks didn’t receive much good talent in return, but they did free up cap space and got a few better draft picks.

Right now, the Hawks are trying to get rid of power forward Josh Smith. So far, Smith is averaging 17.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Atlanta isn’t trading Smith for lack of talent, rather to free up cap space.

Earlier this month, Smith told reporters he is a max contract player. That would mean he makes more money than LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Smith didn’t even get voted into the All Star game this year, yet he’s expecting to be one of the highest paid players in the league. He needs to be traded.

The deal that makes the most sense to do would be with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns would trade center Marcin Gortat and future draft picks for Josh Smith. People may call me crazy for saying that’s a good deal, but Atlanta needs to free up cap space. Josh Smith most likely won’t be playing for the Hawks next year, so they should try and get something in return for him while they can. Most of Atlanta’s moves will be made during the summertime after they have freed up cap space and free agents are looking for new teams.

Although Smith was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the time has come for him to find a new city.