The Atlanta Hawks have dished out two big contracts in only the past couple months. They signed All Star guard Joe Johnson to a six year $119 million contract in the off season, and they recently extended forward/center Al Horford to a five year $60 million extension right before the November 1 deadline.
That's $179 million between two players, which is a lot of money to dish out. The Hawks are one of the five best teams in the East, but they aren't considered to be on the same level as the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, or Orlando Magic.
However, the Hawks have a talented trade chip in forward Josh Smith, and now is the best time to get as much assets out of Smith's value as possible.
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