Wats going on in the A tonight?? I’m still here.”
Such are the words of Josh Smith [via Twitter] when he didn’t get traded at the NBA’s 3:00 PM trade deadline on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, he has since removed that tweet from existence, but not its memory.
According to reports, Ferry balked at the offers that were being given for Smith. The prevailing teams in the hunt were the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.
The Bucks were unwilling to part with Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova or Larry Sanders—any of whom Atlanta would undoubtedly have wanted for Smith.
As for the Nets, they were unable to put together anything better than #HBAP (Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and draft picks).
So, after many months of speculation and a couple weeks of actual effort, the decision was made to keep Smith for the remainder of the season and reevaluate what to do with him—whether to resign him or not—in the offseason.
The only trade deadline move that the Hawks did make involved sending Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for Dahntay Jones.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban took time to send some nice words to Jones as he prepares for his new life in Atlanta.
Hopefully, when the summer rolls around revisiting the Josh Smith talks won’t be as exasperating as it was at the 2013 trade deadline.
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