With less than a week to go until the NBA trade deadline, Derrick Rose is “sick and tired” of talk about Dwight Howard, Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge says “nothing is even close,” and one player wants out of Atlanta.
Smith, who’s been mentioned in trade rumors for three seasons now, reportedly believes that the Hawks didn’t promote him sufficiently for the All-Star team and needs a fresh start elsewhere — in a place that is, according to the report, more committed to winning a championship. Smith, 26, has spent his entire career with his hometown Hawks and is under contract through next season.
“I really don’t pay any attention to it,” Smith told the AJC, declining to talk about the rumors. “I just go out there and play the way I play and not worry about anything else. I know this is a business. Whatever happens, happens in the long run. But I know as long as I’m with the Hawks, I have to put my best foot forward.”
Smith’s averaging 17.1 points and 9.8 rebounds this season and has worked on improving a dismal free-throw percentage (it hit 57.7 at one point this season). “It’s a long season but it came to you real quick,” he said. “They are throwing games at us left and right. If you look around the league most people’s percentages are down more so than usual.”
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