(Sports Network) - Josh Smith remained a member of the Atlanta Hawks after the
trade deadline and he will lead his team Friday night when they host the
The eyes of the NBA world were focused sharply on Atlanta during the waning
minutes of Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.
It was not because of the Anthony Morrow-for-Dahntay Jones swap with the Mavs.
Smith was expected to be the biggest chip moved on Thursday's deadline. He
will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and has hinted that he
would like a max contract.
The Hawks may not be willing to spend so much, but were unable to consummate
any deals for the versatile forward. There were rumors of a deal with the
Houston Rockets or Milwaukee Bucks, but Smith stays as the Hawks push toward
"At the end of the day, we felt, as I've said all along, we value Josh,"
General Manager Danny Ferry told the Hawks website. "We think he's an
important part of this team.
"We're in a situation with him where we can re-evaluate things in the summer
together and decide if it's a situation with his free agency he continues here
or goes somewhere else."
The Hawks also acquired forward/center Jeremy Tyler and cash considerations
from the Golden State Warriors for future draft considerations.
Atlanta fell to the Miami Heat on Wednesday, 103-90, at home. The Hawks had
won two in a row before the break, both on the road, where they head after
Friday's game. They play six straight away from home, including four out west.
The Kings got the trade deadline rolling on Wednesday night when they sent
Thomas Robinson, the fifth pick in last summer's draft, Francisco Garcia and
Tyler Honeycutt to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas
and Cole Aldrich.
"They will add skill and depth along with the potential for a different look
to our roster," Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie said.
All three are expected to be in uniform Friday night when the Kings begin a
five-game road trip through the South. Sacramento will visit Atlanta, New
Orleans, Miami, Orlando and San Antonio on this jaunt below the Mason-Dixon
The Kings have dropped three in a row dating back to before the All-Star
break. They fell at home to the San Antonio Spurs, 108-102, on Tuesday as six
Kings players scored in double figures, led by 22 from Isaiah Thomas and 20
from Tyreke Evans, who has netted 20 or more in his last three outings.
"There wasn't a moral victory here, but I thought our guys did a great job
against one of the best teams in the league," Kings coach Keith Smart said.
The Hawks have won nine in a row over the Kings, including a 112-96 victory on
Nov. 16 in Sacramento. The Kings haven't won in Atlanta since March 3, 2006,
losing five straight there.
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