While visions of Dwight Howard might be dancing in the heads of Hawks fans, the future of another free-agent-to-be is more central to the teams long-term success.
Hes one of their own -- Josh Smith.
Anyone who watched the Hawks last season knew it was a travesty that Smith did not earn a spot on the NBA All-Star team. He was the Hawks co-leader in points-per-game (18.8) and leader in rebounds-per-game (9.6) while averaging 3.9 assists and 1.7 blocks in playing all 66 games. In the playoffs, he upped his game, averaging 13.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists (his points dropped off by 2.0 per game, but its harder to score in the playoffs when defense and intensity pick up) and its arguable that by Smiths getting injured and missing a game, the Hawks might have missed an opportunity to eliminate Boston in the first round.
For a while now, multiple reports have stated that Smith has asked to be traded, a situation that he has resisted commenting on publicly. If new general manager Danny Ferr...