The rumors involving Josh Smith aren’t going to stop anytime soon, not until a deal or some kind of resolution is put in place.
Smith continues to don that Atlanta Hawks jersey, but has only featured in one game this season because of injury.
The versatile forward is dealing with an ankle problem that he suffered in the team’s opening loss (109-102) against the Houston Rockets. In that defeat, Smith was all over the place as usual, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
It’s no wonder why a bunch of teams would love to add a talent like Smith to their roster. This is a player that can contribute in pretty much every category, as he’s developed his offensive game nicely and is then an athletic freak of nature on the defensive end.
Last season Smith averaged a career-high 18.8 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game, while also averaging over 1.4 rebounds and blocks as well. The man also averaged 3.9 assists per contest, showing off his versatility in style.
You could see why the Los Angeles Lakers would love to bring someone like that on board, especially since they’ve been struggling mightily defensively in the early stages of the season.
Smith has made no secrets of his desire to leave town, as he feels the Hawks will never really be a title contender, and those making their NBA picks before the season would have to agree. Atlanta has some nice pieces, but there’s no way they have enough to make a legitimate push for a championship ring.
Losing Smith would be a huge blow though, considering he’s been the life of this team on both ends of the floor over the past eight years. It would difficult, to say the least, to replace a player of his caliber.