Mar 6, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Atlanta defeated Indiana 101-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Smith Trade Rumors? What Else Is New?

Mar 3, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) holds his hand up after committing a foul during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

Hey guys, Brandon McCoy is here! I’ve been M.I.A here on Soaring Down South due to technical difficulties but I’m back and just in time for a little mid-season drama.

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Our beloved Hawks are going through another saga with its red-headed step child Josh Smith. As reported by Michael Cunningham of the AJC, Smoove has apparently requested a trade, again. Now, we remember last year after the playoff lost, Smoove felt he was unfairly blamed for the Hawks losing and was fed up with it all and asked for a trade. Well nothing happened.

So we are back at this point with Smoove allegedly asking for a trade. MC noted a lot of reasons for Smoove’s displeasure, with the organization being the most notably, to me.  His (alleged)  feeling towards the organization is that he feels they aren’t trying to build a championship contender, which is debatable but it is an overwhelming feeling among the Hawks faithful.

This whole Josh thing I think is a bit overblown (as most random trade rumors around this time). I think it’s one of those situations where Josh just doesn’t mind being traded at this point in his career. I don’t think he has a real burning desire to leave Atlanta, but if it happens he certainly will not be upset.

Honestly, I don’t blame him at all for feeling that way. He takes so much heat from the outside media, to them he is Tito Jackson. I’m pretty sure he is the only player in the NBA that gets booed for taking jump shots at HOME. He feels like he is not appreciated for the effort that he brings night in and night out, and it’s a hell of a lot more than anybody else on that Hawks roster. So he has valid reason to be displeased with his situation.

I honestly don’t buy this whole trade request. I also don’t believe that Josh will be traded. Simply because, unless the Hawks get a superstar back, the Hawks won’t get equal value for what Josh brings every night. I was actually thinking about some possible trade destinations, and honestly, Josh’s best option would be just to stay put and become a free agent next year. One thing that I like about Sund, is that he won’t make a bad trade (Yes, the Bibby-Hinrich trade was not dumb).

Now for the organization. That’s a different story and I will try to break this down in simple terms. How about we try some Kenny Smith analysis?

Okay, ready?

See, the Hawks isn’t the best looking dude but got lucky and pulled a 7. You’ve been with this 7 for a while and she has grown on you, but now other dudes are looking at your 7. So you feel threatened and you give that 7 a nice bit of money to keep her around and hope she upgrades, just because, well you know you’re not the best looking dude and you don’t want to lose your 7 to a better looking guy… so you have to compensate in some kind way. Now yeah, you could have let her go and waited in hopes that the 10 would come, but you’re not the best looking so you want to hold on to this 7 and hope that she is one.

Make sense? Well if it didn’t, sorry, that’s the best I got right now.

There are so many reasons why Atlanta isn’t  a desirable destination to other big named players. In fact there are so many reasons, that it could be another whole blog post in itself. From fans not showing up to games, to ownership not making the right moves(at least not in the fans eyes), to the lack of publicity from a national standpoint.

The problem is everybody is not doing there job from fans to ownership. Once Atlanta fans understand that they are just as much to blame as ownership, maybe just maybe this franchise can take the next step. (Or maybe ASG can just sell the team and save me the agony of trying to convince people that ownership is not completely that blame here).

Until next time, GO HAWKS!

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