From NBA.com staff reports
Days, weeks and, in some cases, months worth of hype about the future of Josh Smith in Atlanta ended up being just idle talk. The Hawks’ star forward was the centerpiece topic on trade deadline day 2013, yet will play out the season in Atlanta — a move that surprised many observers around the league. Leading up to the trade deadline, Smith — an unrestricted free agent this summer — had been mentioned in possible deals with Brooklyn, Phoenix, Milwaukee and a host of other cities.
Our own Sekou Smith heard rumblings as of deadline day that Boston and Phoenix were making a push for Smith. But perhaps most valuable to the Hawks in a new NBA economic world is the cap space they’ve created for themselves with last summer’s trades of big earners like Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams. Atlanta has hopes of a spending spree of sorts this summer on a free-agent class that includes the Lakers’ Dwight Howard and the Clippers’ Chris Paul. And, as Smith himself told NBA.com: “Atlanta will be on my list in free agency.”
While the man known as “J-Smoove” is staying put in Atlanta, there were a few deadline-day deals. You can get a full recap on all of these and others on our Trade Tracker, but here’s a quick look:
- Phoenix sends backup guard Sebastian Telfair to Toronto for big man Hamed Haddadi.
- The Knicks deal Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder for a future second-round pick.
- The Celtics pick up Wizards guard Jordan Crawford for injured guard Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.
- Memphis adds Heat reserve big man Dexter Pittman for a second-round pick.
- Oklahoma City trades backup guard Eric Maynor to Portland for a trade exception.
- The Bucks pick up J.J. Redick, Ish Smith and Gustavo Ayon from the Magic for Beno Udrih, Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris.
- The Hawks trade Anthony Morrow to the Mavs for defensive stopper Dahntay Jones.
- The Bobcats pick up Josh McRoberts from the Magic for Hakim Warrick.
- The Golden State Warriors traded Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta and Charles Jenkins to Philadelphia in moves designed to avoid luxury taxes.