Thursday, April 4, 2013
Smith clarifies "max player" remark
By Nick Borges
Atlanta forward Josh Smith took some heat when he said he deserves to get a max contract a while back. Smith clarified his remarks during an interview with Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
"The question was asked to me, 'Do I feel like I'm a max player?'" Smith said. "And I gave him an honest answer. I said, 'Yes I do.' And the reason why I say this, is because if you don't know your worth, who will? I can't set my standards low. If you set them low, that's how people are going to view you. Like when you sell a house, you don't sell the house for $2 million. You put the $5 million sticker on there … and then you work it out. You negotiate."
Smith will likely not get a max offer, especially from the Hawks, however that doesn't close the door when it comes to re-signing with the team.
Dallas, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Houston will likely call Smith's agent once free agency begins in July.
Amin ElhassanSmith's free agent value
"Smith represents a dilemma. On one hand, he offers a unique skill set in terms of being an elite defender (one of only six players in the league averaging at least 1.0 block, 1.0 steal and a defensive rebound percentage of 20 or higher) who also fits perfectly alongside Al Horford in Atlanta's frontcourt. On the other hand, he has a penchant for mood swings and aspirations that extend beyond his effective abilities. Smith is incredibly efficient around the rim, but takes a lot of low-efficiency shots from the perimeter; moreover, he also tends to be a ball-stopper, opting for isolation matchups on the perimeter. Regardless, he can cause matchup problems. His agent will compare him to combo forwards like Nicolas Batum ($11.5 million a year) -- and point out Smith's versatile production -- but I'd argue that his production still doesn't warrant a maximum allowable contract, which would pay him close to $18.9 million per year. A four-year deal with an AAV of $14 million per year would be the most I'd commit to Smith, with a player option that would allow him to cash in one last time in free agency should he choose."