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ESPN Josh Smith Update

Little ESPN Rumor update on a possible Pacer trade in the future??

Now that Al Horford has signed a five-year, $60 million extension, the Hawks have about $313.5 million in committed salaries through the 2015-16 season. They don't have any issues regarding the luxury tax this season, but 2011-12 could be different as they already have $65.24 million on the books with just nine players under contract.

Looking at 2011-12, ESPN.com's Chad Ford wonders if Atlanta will make a trade to reduce their future salaries and if Josh Smith will be the player that's moved.

Ford writes: "That situation is already leading to speculation that GM Rick Sund may be forced to put Josh Smith on the market soon. Sund briefly flirted with trading Smith last summer, before pulling back. While no one is claiming he's been made available yet, a number of GMs around the league expect his name to be in the mix by the February trade deadline. ... A number of teams, including the Knicks, Nets, Pistons and Suns, have shown interest in the high-flying forward in the past. It will be interesting to see if talks heat up as we get closer to February."

Smith is signed though the 2012-13 season and is owed a total of $37.5 million. Smith is on the books for $11.7 million this year.

TJ, Jeff, Dahntay, Brush, Solo Jones...Pack your bags

 

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