Well lets get this underway. Up first we have John Schuhmann of NBA.com keeping us exactly at the 17 spot and our first trade reference.
It sounds like the Hawks and Josh Smith aren't on the same page regarding how much money he should be making after this season. And obviously Smith - who had 19 points, 11 boards, six assists and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies - is a guy who can make a real impact on a playoff race (or in the playoffs) should the Hawks opt to move him in the next 10 days.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com is next dropping us 2 spots and also saying he doubts we move Josh
Just don't see it. Just don't see the Hawks dealing Josh Smith before the Feb. 21 trade deadline when we all know they want to pursue Dwight Howard in free agency come July. If they're going after Dwight, keeping his good buddy J-Smoove around as lead recruiter only makes sense.
Sam Amico of Foxsports.com has us going down a spot to #14.
The good news: With six expiring contracts, the Hawks may be the most powerful team in the league when it comes to the trading deadline. The bad: They’re not going anywhere if they can’t make some moves.
The Hawks have struggled against the East's elite of late, losing to the Pacers, Bulls, Knicks and Nets in the past three weeks. A deteriorating defense has been the biggest reason for their struggles. Atlanta hasn't held an opponent to 90 points or fewer in more than a month after doing it seven times the month before. With a middling offense (16th in points per game and efficiency), the Hawks need their defense to step up some nights, especially in rock 'em, sock 'em conference games.