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Josh Smith has clearly established himself as the Hawks' go-to guy. And along with that comes a lot of suitors, especially when your contract expires after the season.
There were first whispers about a possible Los Angeles Lakers-Atlanta Hawks trade. Some details included sending Pau Gasol and point guard Chris Duhon to Atlanta for Josh Smith and point guard Devin Harris.
The Hawks reportedly called the Lakers to inquire about said trade, but the Lakers allegedly rejected the offer. Pau Gasol has already missed eight games while Smith has led the Hawks to an explosive 15-8 start.
The silver lining of this trade was that Smith would be reunited with AAU teammate and fellow Atlanta native Dwight Howard.
In the end, this trade would not have worked out for either parties. Smith already expressed to Sports Illustrated back in July that he was sticking around in Atlanta and holding out hope for Howard to play with him.
The Boston Celtics were also interested in Smith. Some of the details included a first-round pick, Brandon Bass via sign-and-trade and another player for Smith.
These two were the most interesting of rumors, but they still are not going to happen. The Hawks are clearly gelling into a team that could seriously compete in the Eastern Conference, so it is highly unlikely they will trade the one player that has conducted this surge.