There were all kinds of rumors surrounding Atlanta Hawks
forward Josh Smith as the trade deadline approached, but the club ultimately elected
to retain him. While Smith is remaining in Atlanta for the time being, it’s “highly
unlikely” that he re-signs with the Hawks this summer, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.
On Thursday, Smith said Atlanta will be on his list of teams he considers when he becomes a free agent. However, all politics is local. The Atlanta native does not want to irritate the home fans, but a person familiar with Smith's plans told USA TODAY Sports that it is "highly unlikely" that Smith re-signs with Atlanta.