ATLANTA (AP) -Josh Smith will remain with the Hawks after Atlanta quickly matched an offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
``Tonight, the Hawks organization received an offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies for Josh Smith,'' Atlanta general manager Rick Sund said in a statement. ``We are happy to announce that we will match their offer sheet.
``Ownership, management and the team are happy to have Josh return as a member of the Hawks.''
Terms were not immediately disclosed.
The Grizzlies announced earlier in the day that Smith, a restricted free agent, had signed the offer sheet. The Hawks had seven days to match the offer.
The Hawks drafted the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Smith out of high school in the first round in 2004.
Smith averaged 17.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in helping the Hawks make the playoffs last season.
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