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Hawks Trade Rumors: No Dwight Howard Deal This Time, Smoove Rumors Stall

Every Hawks player is being traded tomorrow, according to rumors.

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Hawks Trade Deadline 2012: Kirk Hinrich Reportedly Staying, Josh Smith Rumors Quiet

The run-up to the NBA trade deadline has seen Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, and Kirk Hinrich just seconds away from being traded all around the world. The Hawks say Smoove isn't going anywhere, nobody's going to Orlando for Dwight Howard this time around, and Kirk Hinrich's reportedly staying put as well:

A deadline passing without any deals on the part of the Hawks, after all that fuss? That's what it looks like. However, the deadline is still a minute or two away, and trades tend to pop up all at once right at the buzzer or shortly after.

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NBA Trade Deadline: Dwight Howard Staying In Orlando Until 2013

After a bewildering day of twists and turns that is being dubbed "the Indecision", Dwight Howard informed RealGM late Wednesday night that he would be opting-in to the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic, meaning he won't be a free agent until at least the summer of 2013:

"Man, listen, you know my heart, my soul and everything I have is in Orlando," Howard told RealGM. "I just can't leave it behind."

"I have gotten some bad advice," Howard said. "I apologize for this circus I have caused to the fans of our city. They didn't deserve none of this. I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. I will do whatever I can to make this right and do what I was put in Orlando to do."

The Hawks were reportedly trying to deal for the Atlanta native regardless of whether he would pledge to re-signing with the team this summer.

And, just to be good and sure, let's check in with the news as it stands Thursday:

OK, good. Can't be too careful.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Hawks Partial Owner Says Josh Smith 'Not Going Anywhere'

In an interview with the Associated Press, Bruce Levenson, a partial owner of the Atlanta Hawks, categorically denied the numerous rumors surrounding the Hawks potentially dealing Josh Smith at the deadline:

"The likelihood of us trading Josh at the trade deadline is as close to zero as you can get," Levenson said.

"There were a bunch of guys in the All-Star game that I wouldn't trade for Josh, given what he brings not only to our team but to the community. He's from Atlanta. He's made terrific contributions to the community. It's really hard, particularly in the middle of the season, to find that caliber player for Josh."

Smith has carried Atlanta's front-line after Al Horford's injury this season, averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and nearly 4 assists a game.

He's been the subject of trade rumors for over a year now as both sides have become frustrated with the Hawks inability to get past the second round of the playoffs over the last three seasons.

For the latest news and notes on the Hawks goings on at the NBA trade deadline, check out Peachtree Hoops.


NBA Trade Rumors: Hawks Standing Pat At Deadline?

With Thursday's NBA trade deadline looming, it looks more and more like the Atlanta Hawks won't be making any major moves and will instead focus on trying to get healthy for a playoff run. Hawks general manager Rick Sund talked with the AJC's Michael Cunningham before Tuesday's game in Denver saying that health was the primary issue with the team.

"What this team needs is for everybody to be healthy. What we need is no more injuries. That's what we need."

Despite Atlanta's injuries the Hawks enter play on Wednesday sixth in the Eastern Conference but just 3.5 games behind Orlando for third place. Atlanta has a much more favorable schedule down the stretch and could be in the mix for home court advantage in the first round if they can put together another good stretch.

"We've been happy with the way the season has progressed [considering] injuries. We've had more injuries already than we had all last year. Every time we get hit, other guys step up, and that's been a real plus. Defensively we've been really good. With a little over 40 games played, we're the fourth-best defensive team and we've allowed the least points in the fourth quarter. Zaza [Pachulia] and Joe and Josh [Smith] deserve a lot of credit for keeping us in the playoffs. Our bench, every night it's someone else, which is what we wanted when we put it together."

So despite persistent rumors involving both Josh Smith and combo guard Kirk Hinrich don't be surprised if the Hawks are one of the teams standing pat as Thursday's deadline passes.

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Kirk Hinrich Trade Rumors: Hawks Guard "Could Be On The Move"

According to's Ken Berger, the Atlanta Hawks could be looking to find a buyer for guard Kirk Hinrich, and one possible destination could be the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Hawks won't find a taker for Joe Johnson and the $90 million he has coming to him over the next four years, but rival executives believe Kirk Hinrich could be on the move -- perhaps filling the gaping two-guard hole on the Clippers. That depends on the asking price, as the Clips' assets were diminished in the Chris Paul trade. Execs are torn on what strategy Atlanta ownership will pursue after the sale of the team fell through in November. With a healthy Al Horford, the Hawks almost certainly would be the third-best team in the East. But at some point down the road, a league source said, ownership may "keep Horford and try to dump the rest."

This is not the first time that trade rumors have swirled around Hinrich and the Clippers aren't the first potential buyer. Hinrich, a 10-year veteran, is averaging five points per game in his first and likely only year with the Hawks, but his career average is 12.8 points per game. If a team like the Clippers, who could use some help at guard, is interested, Hinrich could find himself part of another trade.

For more on the Hawks, head to Peachtree Hoops.


NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Josh Smith Wants Out Of Altanta, According To Report

As the March 15 NBA trade deadline draws closer, the Atlanta Hawks are still evaluating what they'll need to do in order to keep their team in the playoff hunt. The team will be without Al Horford for the remainder of the regular season, so will need to pursue a potential trade if they're looking to improve.

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Hawks star Josh Smith has expressed a desire to be traded.

By the end of last season Smith wanted out of Atlanta because he believed he was singled out for unfair criticism by coaches and media. Those concerns have died down for the most part this season but now Smith believes he needs a fresh start with a franchise where he can better reach his potential on and off the court, according to one of the people with knowledge of Smith's thinking.

The person said one of Smith's complaints is that he believes the Hawks didn't do enough to promote him for selection to the All-Star team.

Smith has put up fantastic numbers for the Hawks this season, but he may be the best piece that Atlanta has to offer in order to get enough help to reach the playoffs in return.

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Al Horford Injury Update: Hawks C/PF Out For Regular Season

The Atlanta Hawks desperately need two-time All-Star Al Horford to return. Unfortunately, the latest news makes it seem unlikely that they will see him again this season.

Michael Cunningham at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that coach Larry Drew has officially ruled out Horford returning before the regular season comes to an end. If the Hawks want to see Horford in the postseason, they will have to make it there on their own.

"What I've been told he's definitely out for the regular season and there is a possibility [of return] for the playoffs." Al has said he should know more about his timetable when he returns to see his doctor next week.

This likely means that the Hawks will be seeking any help they can get via a trade before the deadline arrives. Horford has been out since January 11 with a pectoral injury.

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NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Atlanta Hawks Could Be Looking To Make A Move, Although Dwight Howard Is Unlikely

The Atlanta Hawks are in the thick of the playoff hunt. As the NBA trade deadline draws near, they may be looking to make a move to ensure they stay competitive.

SB Nation's own Tom Ziller took a look at the wants and needs of the Hawks at the trade deadline, as well as potential targets.

Frankly, the Hawks need Al Horford back. The big Dominican is the franchise's best player, and though Atlanta stayed strong in the immediate aftermath of his pectoral injury, things have begun to fall apart. On the season, the Hawks are now just about break-even in center matchups, according to Before the injury, Horford had been destroying the competition.

Early in the season, there were murmurs that Atlanta would make a play for native son Dwight Howard, perhaps offering up Horford. If Howard signals that he would sign a long-term contract with the Hawks, it's a no-brainer deal for both sides. Howard is one of the few big men better than Horford, and the Dominican is far better than the current Howard exchange rate, Brook Lopez.

If Atlanta is forced by Howard's enigmatic wish list to aim lower, Kevin Garnett is an intriguing option. Even at this stage of his career, KG is worth a first-round pick and maybe a prospect. If Boston looks to retool, there could be a match here.

The Hawks could also stand to upgrade the reserve wings. Willie Green, Tracy McGrady, Jannero Pargo and Vladimir Radmanovic are getting a whole lot of minutes.

So while the Hawks are unlikely to be in the market for a superstar like Dwight Howard, they may pick up a veteran such as Garnett or look to improve their bench.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Hawks Have interest In Kevin Garnett

The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and the Atlanta Hawks are looking to upgrade their roster and they have had some preliminary discussions with the Boston Celtics about Ray Allen or Kevin Garnnett, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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The Celtics are looking to acquire Josh Smith and possibly other players, and Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Celtics are trying to rebuild and are willing to give up Garnett in exchange for the Hawks' Smith and others to the Hawks:

With the Big Three's window now shut, Ainge is trying to land Atlanta's Josh Smith and other young studs, while offering up Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen can also be had, for young players and draft picks.

However, the Hawks do not want to give up Smith for Garnett's expiring contract and the Celtics do not want to give up Garnett for Marvin Williams or a similar player. Also to consider is that Garnett's contract is worth $21 millon while Smith's is at $13 million so the Hawks would need to get closer and match the $21 million if they want to pull this deal off.

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Kirk Hinrich Trade Rumors: Lakers Could Attempt To Trade For Hawks Guard

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers could be interested in pursuing a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Henrich.


NBA Trade Rumors: Marvin Williams Denies Report Of Trade Request

It was reported earlier today that Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams wanted off the team and was requesting a trade. ESPN reported that Williams is unhappy with his playing time and his role with the Hawks.

However, according to the team's vice president of public relations, Williams never requested a trade.

The #Hawks just landed in NYC and had a convo with a very disappointed Marvin Williams, who while attending the funeral of a family friend, had to hear about his "reported" trade request. He vehemently denies ever asking for a trade and said, "you know that's not me".

Williams is averaging 9.6 points so far this season, which is the lowest points per game average since his rookie season in 2005. Since Joe Johnson isn't likely to play against the Knicks on Wednesday night due to knee tendinitis, Williams is expected to play after missing Monday's game for a funeral.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Marvin Williams Wants To Leave Atlanta, According To Report

The former No. 2 overall pick reportedly wants a chance to have a bigger offensive role.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Al Horford Surprised By Trade Talk

After an initial report that the Atlanta Hawks had engaged in trade talks with with the Orlando Magic involving Dwight Howard, Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham weighed in on the original report that the trade with Atlanta was centering around Joe Johnson and Josh Smith.

Cunningham confirmed that trade talks between the two teams had taken place but that it was unlikely that Josh Smith was a part of them. Cunningham further cites that the Hawks would be reluctant to include Smith because of the hope that the presence of his child-hood friend would entice Howard to sign a long-term extension with the club. That would leave the deal to center around either Johnson and or center Al Horford.

In a recent interview with ESPN Radio, Horford was asked about the rumors and was genuinely taken aback.

"Wow," Horford said. "I guess I'm heading back to Florida. ... I don't know, that's interesting, I know that Dwight is from here, but as far as I know, this is the first I've heard of it. But it'll be interesting."

The two-time All-Star Horford would seem more appealing to the Magic due to his University of Florida roots and the fact that while he is somewhat undersized, he does have experience playing the center position.

It is also important to note that the Atlanta Hawks are not on Howard's list of preferred destinations and any trade would presumably happen without an assurance that Howard would re-sign with the club.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Hawks Make Offer, According To Report

The Hawks have reportedly made Joe Johnson and Josh Smith available in trade talks for the Atlanta-born superstar.


Josh Smith Looking To Be Traded From Hawks, According To Report

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith is seeking a trade from the team, according to report.


Josh Smith Not Traded To Timberwolves After All: How About That?

The buzz throughout the day fell short: Josh Smith hasn't yet been traded by the Atlanta Hawks. Though the Atlanta Thrashers will be headed to the very cold upper-central region of North America, Smoove won't join them in nearby Minnesota. The Timberwolves used their No. 2 2011 NBA Draft pick on Derrick Williams of the Arizona Wildcats.

Several other potential trade partners are still out there, though it's entirely conceivable this was all noise drummed up by the Wolves themselves, who were also tied to Monta Ellis and several other possible trades. Smith still isn't guaranteed to remain in Atlanta, but chances have increased that he'll at least make it through draft night without being shipped elsewhere.

Hawks fans may need to wait until darn near midnight for their team to make a move after all.

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NBA Blockbuster Rumor: Josh Smith To Timberwolves For Enes Kanter

As we near the 2011 NBA Draft, expect Josh Smith trade rumors to just get bigger and bigger. That's been the case so far, as we've now reached Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the Atlanta Hawks are "dangling Josh Smith to Minnesota for No. 2 pick, eyeing Enes Kanter."

The six-foot-11 Kentucky Wildcats big was ruled ineligible before the 2010-11 season, so he's not exactly the surest thing in this year's draft. He's been projected by almost everybody to be gone by pick No. 3. For more on Kanter, read up on his Draft Express profile and Tom Ziller's look at how he helps define this year's class as "The Year of the Big Man."

Could the Hawks somehow find a way to one-up the Atlanta Falcons draft day trade for Julio Jones? God help us all.

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Josh Smith Shrugs Off Trade Rumors: 'I Will Just Have To Deal With It'

Trade rumors have dogged Josh Smith in recent days, with word that the Atlanta Hawks are shopping him around the league to see what other teams are willing to offer for him. But Smith told Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution he wants to stay with Atlanta, though he didn't say he'd be heartbroken if it were to trade him. From Cunningham's story:

"I’m not saying I want [a trade] to happen but if it does I will just have to deal with it,” he said.

Smith said the Hawks haven’t told him anything about a trade. But he noted that players aren’t usually privy to the team’s internal deliberations until a deal is going down.

The key part of the above excerpt is "I'm not saying I want [a trade] to happen," because the NBA fines players who make trade demands in public; Stephen Jackson and Rudy Fernandez were the most recent players to run afoul of that rule. Thus, even if Smith did desperately want out of Atlanta, he couldn't say so through the media.

By most accounts, Smith is open to moving on from Atlanta, the only team to employ him in his seven-year career. This week, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported Smith had told people close to him he wants out, and would prefer a trade to the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, or New Jersey Nets. Further, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix told a Boston-area radio station Smith's representatives are pushing rumors that Smith wants a trade.

Keep your browser tuned to this StoryStream for more Josh Smith trade rumors and news. For complete coverage of the Hawks, please visit Peachtree Hoops.


Atlanta Hawks Fielding 'Increased' Josh Smith Trade Talks, According To Report

Something new on Josh Smith for late Thursday morning: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says the Atlanta Hawks "are getting increased volume on calls" from teams looking into a trade. Though the Orlando Magic appear to be the frontrunner based on other reports, Smith has reportedly listed three other teams he'd be interested in leaving Atlanta for: the Celtics, Rockets and Nets.

Whether Smoove ends up being traded on NBA Draft day or not, there's still a long offseason ahead, and due to the number of reports it's all but undeniable he really is being shopped around the league.

What could they get in return? Peachtree Hoops has considered some scenarios, but looking at the calendar you'd have to think about how a deal might affect the NBA Draft. None of those teams picks before No. 14 in Thursday night's draft, so Hawks fans shouldn't hope for an outstanding draft pick in any potential trade unless a third team gets involved. Houston does have three picks in the first 38, though.

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Josh Smith Trade Rumor Involving Magic? 'Totally Legit,' According To Report

If the Atlanta Hawks have to trade Josh Smith to an in-division team due to their own mismanagement of Joe Johnson's contract ... sorry, getting ahead of myself there. Those rumors of Smith being shopped to the Orlando Magic and other teams are "totally legit," says CBS Sports' Ken Berger. Berger plus Adrian Wojnarowski means I'm pretty much convinced.

Berger also says the Hawks are looking to unload salary in the process, so previous concerns that the Magic wouldn't be able to send back enough to make it worth it from a basketball standpoint aren't really valid. Wheeeeeee!

Peachtree Hoops isn't happy about the news, but isn't exactly shocked, either. This is the ownership group, after all, that handed pretty-good Joe Johnson the NBA's highest contract, and now we're right back where we started.

If this trade happens, I can become a Charlotte Bobcats or Memphis Grizzlies fan until the Atlanta Spirit Group sells the team. It really wouldn't kill me.

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Josh Smith Trade Rumors Now Include Celtics, Magic, Rockets And Nets

We've been hearing and dismissing for weeks now rumors that the Atlanta Hawks are looking to trade Josh Smith, but the reports are starting to gain serious national attention. Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Tuesday that Smith wouldn't be all that upset by a Hawks trade, and has listed the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets as his preferred landing spots.

Smith's friend Dwight Howard plays in Orlando for the time being, while a dashing global billionaire runs the Nets. I don't know why he'd want to play for the Rockets or Celtics. For what it's worth, Peachtree Hoops thinks this is all just a bunch of hoo-ha.

Wojnarowski cites league sources who imply the relationship between the Hawks and Smith is only souring and that the team has to break up its roster somehow, but the biggest piece -- Joe Johnson's contract -- isn't going anywhere for a long time.

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Monta Ellis Trade Rumors Include Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic

The trade rumor de jour seems to involve G Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors. Less than three days after the Warriors named ESPN/ABC commentator Mark Jackson the 24th coach of the sometimes dysfunctional franchise, it appears as if the team is shopping around their best player.

CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that the chances are "50/50" that Ellis could end up with the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that would include Andre Iguodala.

Of course, if Ellis doesn't end up in the "City of Brotherly Love," it's rumored that he could end up alongside Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic or in the ATL with your Atlanta Hawks.

Cue the irresponsible rumor mill.

Ellis, who is a combo shooting guard and point guard, averaged 24.1 points and 5.6 assists per game for the Warriors last season. says that Ellis is under contract for two more seasons at $11 million per season and has player option worth $11 million in the 2013-14 campaign.

Gee, who in Atlanta makes around $11 million per year that the Warriors might covet and that has been rumored on the trading block? You guessed it -- Josh Smith.

Smith has a pair of seasons left on his deal. He may make $12.4 million next season (or a pro-rated version of that once the NBA emerges out of its all-but certain lockout) and is under contract for $13.2 million in the 2012-13 season.

While I'd never pull the trigger on this deal if I were Golden State (trading anyone who can play the point guard for a forward makes zero sense to me), this is the Warriors we're talking about -- an organization that historically has been as well run as well -- the Atlanta Spirit.

Anything is possible with those two ownership groups. The Hawks have just eight or nine while the Warriors have 19 owners when they were put under new management last season.

Wake me when they actually play basketball at Philips Arena again, please.


Josh Smith Trade Rumors: Could Hawks Smith Go To Lakers For Andrew Bynum?

It didn't take very long for the Atlanta Hawks season to end before those rumors started permeating around the Internet about how Josh Smith could be traded in the offseason.

When I say offseason, I mean before June 30 when all the NBA rules change as the players get locked out in "Sports Labor Bliss: Part Deux" that may make the NFL lockout look like an amiable Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Of course, there's shock all around Lakers nation as the best team with Kobe Bryant on it was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round. And Andrew Bynum was a scapegoat for everything that happened to the Los Angeles Lakers.

As a result, Internet fodder and lore has a trade rumor going something like this:

Josh Smith ($12.4M) and Kirk Hinrich ($8.0M) for Andrew Bynum ($15.1M) and Ron Artest ($6.7M).

Under the deal, Atlanta, which has $64.3 million committed to seven players next year would see its payroll increase slightly to $65.7 million for seven players. But the Hawks would have that center they covet, even if they lose one of the more electrifying, yet inconsistent players in the game in Smith.

Either way, they would have to fill the rest of the roster with bargain basement players to avoid the luxury tax under the current system or a hard cap at the luxury tax threshold if the owners get what they want under a new CBA.

We all know that if this Atlanta Spirit group sticks around they'll only want to go into the luxury tax if they think they can make it past the second round. And as of right now, it seems like the Spirit may stick around no matter what happens to their hockey team.

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