Josh Smith deal would not interest 76ers, sources say

Websites have
speculated about a possible trade that would send Evan Turner and
Spencer Hawes to Atlanta for soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Josh
Smith, but such a deal would not interest the 76ers, according to two
league sources with knowledge of the situation."Why would the Sixers be interested in making a deal for a player
who can walk at the end of the season and leave them holding nothing but
the bag?" one source said. "I don’t see where that makes sense for
Although the Sixers would acquire Smith’s Larry Bird rights – meaning
they could sign him to a more lucrative deal than any other team – they
would have no guarantee that Smith would re-sign with them.
The 6-foot-9 small forward is in his ninth season with the Hawks and
in the final year of a five-year, $58 million contract. The word coming
out of Atlanta is that Smith almost certainly will not re-sign with the

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