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Josh Smith staying in Atlanta

Updated: February 21, 2013, 10:46 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ATLANTA -- Hawks general manager Danny Ferry gave a simple explanation why he turned down the chance to trade Josh Smith on Thursday.

"We value Josh," Ferry said.

It wasn't the only time Ferry used those words. Smith, a 6-foot-9 forward who leads the team in scoring, is an important defender with his steals and blocks, contributes big in assists and rebounds but will be a unrestricted free agent after the season.

Ferry confirmed the Hawks entertained offers for Smith leading ...

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