Josh Smith Will Be A Free Agent in 2013

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I call this non-news because of course he's not going to sign the extension now. He's financially motivated to wait and sign a longer term deal in the offseason.

For those interested in following everything Josh Smith, here's some non-news news.

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Josh Smith has told the Hawks that he isn't going to sign an extension during the season. He'd rather wait to become a free agent, when he can get a five-year deal. An extension would limit him to a three-year deal, according to the new CBA rules. New GM Danny Ferry has upwards of 10 players who could be free agents at season's end.

I call this non-news because of course he's not going to sign the extension now. He's financially motivated to wait and sign a longer term deal in the offseason.

An offshoot of this might be that if the Hawks are struggling around mid year, he might just quietly (or loudly) request a trade out of Atlanta. That way he can go to a new team (like, say one in Boston) and sign his 5 year extension there. By using his leverage of "I won't sign an extension just anywhere" he can narrow down the list of destinations he could be traded to. Call it the Dwight Howard plan.

Tell me again what the lockout solved? Whatever.

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