What's Going on with Josh Smith?

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  1. bdavis5

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    The season i finally lucked out and be able to draft this guy onto my fantasy team, isn't the same Josh Smith i've always been needing on my team.

    What's going on with him? Did he somehow lose his motivation?

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  2. yungmatt

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    Hawks match Grizzlies' offer for Josh Smith
    Young forward gets $58-million, five-year deal to stay in Atlanta

    By SEKOU SMITH
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 08/08/08
    Josh Smith was willingto continue his NBA career wherever he had to, either in his hometown of Atlanta with the Hawks or in Memphis with the Grizzlies.

    The Hawks made thedecision for him late Friday night by matching the five-year, $58 million offer the Grizzlies made to Smith, a restricted free agent, earlier in theday.

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    Allen Sullivan/aesullivan@ajc.com

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    Josh Smith is sticking around, after the Hawks matched an offer from the Grizzlies Friday.
    "Tonight, the Hawks organization received an offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies for Josh Smith," Hawks general manager Rick Sund said in a statementreleased by the team. "We are happy to announce that we will match their offer sheet. Ownership, management and the team are happy to have Josh return asa member of the Hawks. We look forward totraining camp in October, and we will continue to look at additional opportunities to improve our roster."

    This brings an end to a six-week saga that began July 1 with Smith, a 22-year-old forward, being courted by the Philadelphia 76ers andthe Los Angeles Clippers, among other teams.

    The final deal is $13 million more than the only offer made by the Hawks, a five-year, $45 million deal that Smithturned down in October. But not nearly as lucrative as the deals handed out to other restricted free agents like Luol Deng ($71 million) and Emeka Okafor ($72million).

    "It's all about getting it done now," Smith said by phone Friday evening from Houston, where he has been working out allsummer. "Obviously, what happened with [Josh] Childress ... I'm positive that could have been avoided, too. It wasn't like we were trying to hitthe Hawks over the head for more than what wethought we were worth.

    "All we wanted to do was be appreciated for the hard work we've put in the last four years and the strides that were made. Butthis summer, it never seemed like that happened."

    Until now.

    The Hawks had sevendays to match the offer made by the Grizzlies or lose Smith without compensation. But they bucked a summer long trend that marked their negotiations with bothSmith and Childress, who bolted two weeks ago for a three-year, $20 million offer from Greek power Olympiakos, and acted immediately.

    The Hawks never waveredfrom their stance to match any offers made to Smith.

    But the slow pace of the negotiations certainly made people, and Smith, wonder if they really meant what they said.

    "They said, 'here it is. And if you think you're worth more than what we offered go out there and see what's going on.If you find something better we'll just try and match it,' " Smith said of the initial discussion his camp had with Sund and his team.

    That led Smith to recruiting trips to Philadelphia and Los Angeles (Clippers) in the first 10 days of the NBA's free-agency period,which began July 1. But neither trip produced an offer sheet like the one the Grizzlies offered Friday.

    And none of it spurred the Hawks to offer anything more than the five-year, $45 million deal Smith turned down last October.

    "After I went to Philadelphia and the Clippers, I didn't know what we were going to do. It was a dead end," Smith said."But I think for anybody that's seen me play the last four years, they've seen my talent. They know I work hard. The pressure is not an issue forme, it never was. I'm down here in Houston working hard, same as I did last year. I'm feeling good about myself, and I'm ready to prove toeverybody that I'm worth what Memphis [offered and the Hawks will pay]."

    By keeping Smith the Hawks retain the services of a 6-foot-9, 240-pound shot-blocking terror, Smith has finished second in the league in each of the past twoseasons in blocks, that averaged 17.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 blocks as the No. 2 option on a playoff team.

    But they also have a player who has been burned by rampant speculation about his attitude and willingness to remain with the team, rumorsfueled by anonymous sources and bolstered by the long delay between the start of the free-agent process and now.

    "Anybody that's been paying attention has seen the highs and lows," Smith said. "They also know I'm a good dude.And as long as the guys I've run across in my path up to this point know about my character, I don't care what everybody else thinks because theydon't know me. But ask my teammates about me. Ask my peers around the league. And they'll tell you the truth about me."
     
  3. thagreatj

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    LOL, its always funny to me when players get deemed lazy after signin a big contract...
     
  4. smedroc

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  5. parada45

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    Just having a bad year
     
  6. tarvald drama chase

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    how the hell should we know?? we arent josh smiths nuts or anything
     
  7. swyftdahoe

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    1) lingering injury (? just my guess)
    2) mike bibby becoming #2 option on offense
     
  8. inine5

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    he's capable of attacking but for whatever reason.... sometimes he falls in love with the jump shots.....
     
  9. lamarownsem

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    His defensive stats are down too, not just scoring.
     
  10. xxhonchoxx

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    Definitely doesn't deserve that.
     
  11. its all good baby baby

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    Same thing that happened to dude in your avatar.
     
  12. rfx45

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    Every time I see him play, more often than not, he just seems to walk around on offense doing nothing. Sure he'll have that big put back dunk once in awhile or that big block on the defensive end but he really has gotten lazy and seemed to have lost any motivation to play. Next time the Hawks play, keep aneye on #5 and you'll see that if he is not involved in the play, he pretty much just walks around like he is in the park. Maybe it's the coaches faultfor not motivating him or making more plays for him, but he definitely isn't the same player he was the last few years. It's one of those greatpotentials but wasted to laziness situations.
     
  13. liveabovemediocrity

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    RFX - I totally agree. I felt like if anyone here was a GM, they would've made the same decision in re-signing Josh Smith because the Hawks were basicallyheld captive considering they just took the Celtics to 7 games and brought back fans to the Hawks. If they wouldn't have re-signed Josh, it would'vehurt their base I believe. I think a few things are off with Josh Smith:

    #1 He's not that good. He's a great 1 on 1 defender when he wants to be and help defender, but aside from that can we really say much about him onoffense. He can't shoot that well and he doesn't have a serious post-game because of his build.

    #2 As the Bryant Reeves avatar guy said: "Bibby is now the #2 option."

    #3 He hates Mike Woodson lol. Sad, but true.

    #4 The chicks in ATL are serious and with that new, fresh contract, he's stuck at Blue Flame 24/7.
     
  14. dcstylez

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    he has raw athleticism but settles alot
     
  15. sheryaryo

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    he's resting his body so that when they reach the playoffs, he'll lead them to another game 7 exit

    seriously though, if they're the #4 seed in the east (behind the big 3), why should he have to do more? what he's doing is good enough for now.
     
  16. kal ripped ken

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    Osh Smith
     
  17. getlikeme

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    he has been hurt. and he's not getting the same burn he got last yr.
     
  18. changethegame

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    me personally? I think he smokin' that Mary Jane...[​IMG]
     
  19. 10508 cardo jr ln

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    Dont blame it on the ma ma ma ma ma marijuana [​IMG]
     
  20. mustbetheshoe58

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    hopefully he can turn it up in the playoffs..
     
  21. div1lbc

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    Guaranteed money for the next 5 years, that's what happened.
     
  22. daprescription

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