After weeks of speculation that Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith would be moved before Thursday’s trade deadline, the moment of truth came to pass, and Smith will remain with the team for the rest of the season.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Hawks failed to come to an agreement with any potential trade partners prior to the 3 p.m. ET deadline:
Josh Smith will stay in Atlanta, league source tells Y! Sports. No deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
Several teams were reportedly interested in Smith, including the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. It looked like Milwaukee had the best chance of trading for the forward (as reported by Sam Amico of Fox Sports), but the deal never came to fruition:
According to sources, 3-team trade involving Bucks and Magic would also include Hawks, resulting in Josh Smith to Bucks.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) February 21, 2013
Smith is slated to be a free agent after this season, and it’s unlikely he will choose to re-sign with the Hawks when that time comes. With a chance to get something in return, Atlanta took to the trade market, hoping to find a team in need of a quality scorer who would offer the Hawks enough in return to part with him.
The absence of a deal may have come down to a lack of quality offers for Smith. While he was arguably the biggest name on the market, Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld suggests that suitors weren’t willing to give up what the Hawks wanted in return:
It is getting ugly for Atlanta... teams smell blood in the water on Josh Smith and not willing to really offer much.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) February 21, 2013
As it stands, Atlanta will move forward with Smith on the roster, at least until it comes time to face the inevitability of his departure on the free-agent market this summer.