There have been whispers for quite some time about a potential move for the Lakers that would send forward Pau Gasol to Atlanta in exchange for 8-year veteran Josh Smith, but ESPN reports the Hawks are reluctant to go through with the Lakers latest attempt at a big move:
Sources say that the Hawks, at present, have no interest in parting with Josh Smith and Kyle Korver for Gasol. Or even Smith and lesser parts for Gasol.
Positions can obviously change between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline, but sources maintain that Atlanta has not been enticed in the least by the prospect of parting with the 26-year-old Smith — even as he heads into unrestricted free agency — for the 32-year-old Gasol. The Hawks, for the record, have also been telling interested teams that they value Smith and what he offers as a hybrid forward in an Eastern Conference that’s generally been getting smaller.