Hawks pull out of Josh Smith deal with Milwaukee in final minute

The Milwaukee Bucks did indeed make a move before the NBA trade deadline, acquiring JJ Redick from the Orlando Magic in a six-player deal. But a report from ESPN’s Ric Bucher suggests the day could’ve brought even more drastic changes to the Bucks’ roster. Bucher said in a tweet that the Atlanta Hawks pulled out of a deal in the final minute that would’ve sent Smith to the Bucks in exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute, Ekpe Udoh, Beno Udrih, and a protected 1st-round pick. It’s likely the Hawks would’ve sent more back than Smith, but no specifics were given. ESPN’s Chad Ford says the talks were part of a larger deal involving the Magic:


NBA trade scenarios as we close in on deadline

After eight-plus seasons, almost All-Star forward Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks have decided it’s time for a change.

So the Hawks are trying to trade Smith before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, and like that awkward Facebook friend page you come across, it’s complicated.

Several teams have expressed varying degrees of interest in Smith – from the Los Angeles Clippers to the San Antonio Spurs to the Washington Wizards to the Phoenix Suns to Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Teams all have the same questions about Smith.

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Hawks Reach Out To Boykins

The Atlanta Hawks have reached out to free agent veteran Earl Boykins, confirmed a league source to RealGM.

Boykins helped stabilize a tumultuous season for the Washington Wizards,
appearing in 67 games and averaging 14.2 points per 36 minutes. His
09-10 season was a return to the NBA after a lucrative interlude playing
in Italy for Virtus Bologna during the 08-09 season.

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Why The Hawks Aren’t Trading Josh Smith

Lang Whitaker of Slam reports that

The big trade rumor flying around (if you’re already tired of the Shaq-to-Cleveland talk) centers on the Hawks’ Josh Smith. Several league sources told ESPN.com that the Hawks have been working hard the past few weeks to see whether they can find a taker for Smith.

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