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Josh Smith: 'I feel like I'm a max player'

 Josh Smith: 'I feel like I'm a max player'
topic by Chad09 - 01-26-2013, 02:06 PM - Boxden > BX SportsCenter

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$sets back? It's a possibility for sure, especially if he's feeling he's due a max-level deal.

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78 comments for "Josh Smith: 'I feel like I'm a max player'"

 01-26-2013, 02:08 PMaway - #2
SleepTight 36 heat pts36

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If he's a max, Al jefferson and Paul Millsapp are max too.
 01-26-2013, 02:10 PMaway - #3
voewyd 10 heat pts10

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 01-26-2013, 02:10 PMonline - #4
BlackRepub85 5 heat pts

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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
 01-26-2013, 02:16 PMaway - #5
YoungRay20 138 heat pts138

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Please don't do it....
 01-26-2013, 02:19 PMaway - #6
pamilco_playa 2 heat pts

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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.
 01-26-2013, 02:22 PMaway - #7
StateProperty88 25 heat pts25

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if he was a max player that team would be better
 01-26-2013, 02:24 PMaway - #8
X_WunderKind_X 830 heat pts830

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I'd give him 70 million max
 01-26-2013, 02:28 PMaway - #9
ChiCity Fingaz 109 heat pts109

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Bad contract waiting to happen
 01-26-2013, 02:32 PMaway - #10
Tha Problum 31 heat pts31

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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
 01-26-2013, 02:39 PMonline - #11
SuppaSlick 3 heat pts

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Sounds like the days of Josh Smith being underrated is coming to an end.

Max player but no allstar bids
 01-26-2013, 02:47 PMonline - #12
GucciBoy347 31 heat pts31

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 01-26-2013, 02:47 PMaway - #13
SeaJaiye 64 heat pts64

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why did we have a lockout for
 01-26-2013, 02:48 PMaway - #14
Everest 2 heat pts

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did he take a shot at joe johnson ahaha
 01-26-2013, 02:50 PMonline - #15
Bea5T 78 heat pts78

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He will probably get 4 years 60 mil
 01-26-2013, 02:55 PMaway - #16
ReggieA 180 heat pts180

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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.
 01-26-2013, 03:07 PMaway - #17
Ca$h Out 33 heat pts33

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you want a max???

I don't want this nicca anymore
 01-26-2013, 03:22 PMaway - #18
refuze 67 heat pts67

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 01-26-2013, 03:30 PMaway - #19
luv4music 7 heat pts

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after that huge comeback again Loston, the Hawks are down a few in the last couple of minutes and this mother!!er 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 !! about a$sembling a great team around him

!! outta here
 01-26-2013, 03:32 PMaway - #20
MiseryCityTexas 6 heat pts

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well he's better than every power forward on the rockets roster.

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