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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.

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