Josh Smith's agent, Wallace Prather, reportedly spoke with Hawks general manager Danny Ferry on Wednesday to discuss Smith's concerns and "frustrations" with the team's recent slide. CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the conversation did not produce a trade request.
"I want to be clear that I'm not pushing a trade," Prather said. "This is not a trade request or anything, but there are frustrations in Atlanta."
The Hawks announced that they had suspended Josh Smith for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn for conduct detrimental. The suspension was reportedly a product of an incident that occurred at practice on Tuesday.
Speaking to CBSSports.com, Prather reiterated that neither he nor Smith had issued a trade demand:
"As far as moving forward and whatever changes will be made, that's more so management's job to field those calls and make the decisions they feel like are best to move forward," Smith's agent, Wallace Prather, told CBSSports.com.
The Hawks had lost six of seven games before Wednesday's game against Brooklyn. For whatever reason, they snapped out of their funk against the Nets with a 109-95 win. Zaza Pachulia started in place of Smith and came two assists shy of a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. The Hawks are now 3-0 this season without Smith in the lineup.