Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 2/23/13
MILWAUKEE There was a very real chance Josh Smith could have been gearing up to play against his former team Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Instead, the star forward took his usual place in Atlanta's locker room, his teammates nearly on the floor laughing as he cracked jokes and told stories. He's comfortable staying with the Hawks, but became convinced he was going to be somewhere else after Thursday's deadline came and went. "I was surprised (to stay in Atlanta), I was," Smith said. "In the past three seasons now, I've been in trade discussions. The dynamics of the discussions that were going on this year outweighed all those (previous) trade rumors because it was national-based conversations." Wednesday was a sleepless night for Smith, as his mind was heavy with different possibilities of where he could be headed. He was in constant contact with his agent, whose phone was ringing off the hook. "It was just the anxiety of not knowing," said Smith, who is ave...
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