Josh Smith believes he deserves a maximum-level extension.
“I feel like I’m a max player,” Smith said. “I feel I bring a lot to the table. I have a lot of versatility. For what I do and what I give this ball club, I feel like I’m worth it.”
In the summer of 2010 the Hawks signed Joe Johnson to a six-year, $124 million contract. Johnson then had his worst season since joining the team in 2005.
The Hawks will be able to offer Smith a five-year deal worth about $94 million.
Smith again: “There shouldn’t be any hesitation. I’m Josh Smith, I’m not anybody else. I ‘m not Michael Jordan, I’m not LeBron James, I’m not Brook Lopez. I’m Josh Smith. You can’t look at what might’ve happened with another person. Let’s say Joe. You can’t say, ‘I’m skeptical of giving another person that’ because of whatever they feel like happened."