|Hawks match Grizzlies' offer sheet for Josh Smith|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 08 August 2008 16:43|
``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.