From ESPN.com's Marc Stein comes a firm report that encapsulates what we've been hearing today after the LA Times fired up the old news that Atlanta had reached out about Pau Gasol -- the Hawks, despite interest from Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando and Houston in Josh Smith, the Hawks aren't willing to move him as yet.
Yet as Ferry settles into the job, sources say he wants to take stock of things before deciding if he's prepared to go into next season without Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract at $13.2 million and has let it be known for some time that he'd welcome a trade.
Boston, you may remember, was at the heart of trade talk at the deadline, where we hypothesized about a Kevin Garnett deal for the playoff run. And Houston was mentioned earlier today as targeting Josh as "Plan B".
But the more we look into it and as we've said before, unless you believe there is zero percent chance Josh Smith isn't re-signing when he becomes a free agent at the end of the year, then the Hawks should be reticent to deal him.
We believe that's just not the case right now. So Josh stays unless the doors get blown off in an offer to Ferry, which we haven't heard has happened or is being anticipated to happen.