NBA Free Agency: Josh Smith unlikely to sign extension

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Hawks forward Josh Smith is unlikely to sign an extension before becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The Atlanta Hawks are interested in keeping forward Josh Smith in an Atlanta uniform for the foreseeable future according to general manager Danny Ferry. However, it looks like they will have to wait until after the season to get Smith to commit.

This might seem like bad news for the Hawks but it is completely expected. The longest deal that Smith could sign now would be for three years. If he waits until the end of the season when he is an unrestricted free agent then he can agree to a five-year deal. What little he gives up in security could be worth a substantial amount of money at the end of the season.

Smith figures to be one of the top free agents to hit the market in 2013. He had reportedly wanted out of Atlanta for the last two seasons but has backed off that demand since Danny Ferry took over as general manager.

Smith is coming off of a career season in which he averaged 18.8 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.