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Experience: Ninth Season
2012-13 Season Averages
17.92 PER, 17.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.1 BPG, 1.2 SPG
Statistically speaking, Josh Smith has broken the barrier of elite and stepped into the realm of the regular season legendary.
Smith is presently averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He's also shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Per Basketball-Reference.com, Smith is on pace to post the 14th season in NBA history with at least 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.
He'd the first to do while shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider, those numbers have done nothing to sway general manager Danny Ferry into thinking Smith is worth a max contract.
As a result, Smith is quite likely to be dealt by the trade deadline.
Many executives around the league believe Atlanta GM Danny Ferry is intent on moving Josh Smith before the deadline. On Wednesday, three opposing GMs told me definitively that Ferry has decided not to re-sign Smith in free agency this summer and is trying hard to move him within the next week.
The question is, where will Smith end up?
The Brooklyn Nets are rumored to be "aggressively pursuing" Smith (via ESPN New York). The San Antonio Spurs are interested, as well (via Yahoo! Sports).
Where he ends up is unclear, but it's unlikely to remain Atlanta.