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 Josh Smith: 'I feel like I'm a max player'
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http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/21616623/josh-smith-i-feel-like-im-a-max-player


Josh Smith is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, maybe the gem of the class, depending on what happens with Dwight Howard.

Smith has played all nine seasons of his career for the Atlanta Hawks, experiencing ups and downs with the organization and fan base. He's a fantastically versatile and talented player but one who has come with some frustrations.

He's just 27 and has put together three consecutive seasons of high-level basketball. He's definitely set for a payday. What kind of payday? Well, if you ask Smith, the highest kind.

“I feel like I'm a max player,” Smith said, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I feel I bring a lot to the table. I have a lot of versatility. For what I do and what I give this ballclub, I feel like I'm worth it.”

The obvious question is if other league executives feel the same way about Smith. Knowing the NBA, someone probably does.

The Hawks have been down this path before with Joe Johnson, giving him the only max contract in franchise history. They overpaid dearly for him (six years, $120 million), but their hand was really forced. They knew if they didn't pay up, someone else would.

A max for Smith would be five years and close to $94 million. Which is almost as much as Johnson got, a move the Hawks seemed to regret almost the moment after they inked him.

Smith was asked about that, too, the Hawks having an unfortunate history with max deals.

“There shouldn't be any hesitation. I'm Josh Smith; I'm not anybody else. I'm not Michael Jordan. I'm not LeBron James. I'm not Brook Lopez. I'm Josh Smith. You can't look at what might've happened with another person. Let's say Joe. You can't say, ‘I'm skeptical of giving another person that' because of whatever they feel like happened."

Smith's situation will become much more intriguing as the trade deadline nears. With the Hawks losing Lou Williams for the rest of the season, any high hopes were likely dashed right then. They're still 25-18 and sixth in the East, but the consensus is they aren't going deep into the postseason.

So would the Hawks just cut ties with Smith now and try to get a.ssets back? It's a possibility for sure, especially if he's feeling he's due a max-level deal.

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If he's a max, Al jefferson and Paul Millsapp are max too.
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Hes not a max. At most there are 6 justifable max players in the league. There are too many B and C+ players gettin max dollars
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Please don't do it....
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Max means "I really can live without a championship." I wish him the best tho if he can get one more power to him.
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if he was a max player that team would be better
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I'd give him 70 million max
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Bad contract waiting to happen
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Originally Posted by BlackRepub85
Hes not a max. At most there are 6 justifable max players in the league. There are too many B and C+ players gettin max dollars
Only problem with that is there's more than 6 franchises, everybody tryna eat
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Sounds like the days of Josh Smith being underrated is coming to an end.

Max player but no allstar bids
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why did we have a lockout for
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did he take a shot at joe johnson ahaha
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He will probably get 4 years 60 mil
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Originally Posted by Bea5T
He will probably get 4 years 60 mil
Sounds about right, he can rebound and block shots, but his offensive iq has to be one of the worst in the league though.
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you want a max???
















I don't want this n*gga anymore
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No.
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after that huge comeback again Loston, the Hawks are down a few in the last couple of minutes and this motherfu*ker throws up 3 bricks in a row from just inside the 3 point line

he does this every game

no coach can change him

he is not a max player, and even considering taking that money means he doesn't give a fu*k about a.ssembling a great team around him

fu*k outta here
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well he's better than every power forward on the rockets roster.
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