The interplay between Smith and the Philips Arena crowd was lively throughout the night. Smith, an Atlanta native who played his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks, was booed loudly whenever he touched the ball. The catcalls grew louder in the third quarter, after Smith drained a 3-pointer that rattled around the rim several times before dropping in. Smith then shushed the crowd by placing his finger over his lips as the Hawks called timeout. “I mean, those fans are fickle, very fickle and bandwagoners,” Smith said. “It really doesn’t mean anything to me.”
February 19, 2017 | 7:35 am EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Two teams in the West, the Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Watch both of those teams with Denver’s Wilson Chandler. Oklahoma City have been very much on pursuit of Rudy Gay before his season-ending injury. They’d love to get a versatile forward as would the Clippers. Both teams think that kind of a player gets them over the hump in the first round.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Wizards feel like if there’s a wing player that they can get out in the trade market… Lou Williams, with the Lakers, they have interest in; Bojan Bogdanovic, with the Nets… Washington has shown an inclination to give up a future first-round draft pick, potentially even in this draft to get out a veteran who may even turn out to be a rental for them.
Adrian Wojnarowski: As of right now, Carmelo Anthony’s intentions, sources tell me, is to remain in New York. He hasn’t been brought any deal in recent days. Even here in the All-Star weekend, the Knicks have not brought anything to his group that would inspire him to really want to waive this no-trade clause.
Given that they’re sharing a locker room together, that could change this weekend. But when Anthony was asked if he would be reinvigorated by a change of scenery, he called it a “set-up question.” “It’s kind of hard at this point,” Anthony said. “I’ll have some time after the break to evaluate that.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The potential of a Boston, Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler would loom over the entire week. These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade, they have not gotten far down the road on it. There still need to be an alignment within the Bulls’ organization from ownership to management that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The fact that the Celtics swap with Brooklyn this year, they have their pick which could be potentially a Top-3 pick and they have the Brooklyn’s pick outright next year. Either one of those picks, I don’t think Chicago can get both of them, that’s the beginning point of a deal for the Bulls for Jimmy Butler.
Like the Kings, Cousins is a work in progress as he learns to be a leader, coexist with referees and reach his potential as a player and teammate. And he wants to do all of that in Sacramento. “For one, everyone knows I’m all about loyalty – I’m loyal to this,” Cousins, 26, recently told The Bee. “I was brought here, I believe in myself, I believe in my abilities. I’m committed to this team, this city – it’s been noted, and I don’t want it no other way. I want to be with one team my entire career; I want to finish my career here in Sacramento. That’s what it is.”