Originally posted on Speculative Sports  |  Last updated 3/8/12

According to a recent article by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has let the team know he wants to be traded by the March 15 NBA trade deadline.

Said the AJC:

By the end of last season Smith wanted out of Atlanta because he believed he was singled out for unfair criticism by coaches and media. Those concerns have died down for the most part this season but now Smith believes he needs a fresh start with a franchise where he can better reach his potential on and off the court, according to one of the people with knowledge of Smith’s thinking.

In addition, the article stated Smith was unhappy with the way the Hawks failed to promote him for selection to the 2012 NBA All-Star game.

Smith, 26, becomes a free agent at the end of the 2012-2013 season. He is averaging 17.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game this season for the Hawks.

Potential trade targets for Smith are still developing.

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