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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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