Despite persistent trade rumors, Josh Smith will remain with the Atlanta Hawks.
The NBA trade deadline passed today at 3pm, and with no trade of Smith, the Atlanta-native and former All-Star will stay with the team until at least the end of the regular season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.
While the Hawks kept J Smoove, they did trade guard Anthony Morrow to Dallas for Dahntay Jones.
The Hawks tweeted this:
Official #ATLHawks fans – Josh Smith is still a Hawk! Thoughts?
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 21, 2013
ESPN sent out this tweet:
The Hawks decided they valued Josh Smith too much to trade compared to what they were offered, sources said.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 21, 2013