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Hawks star Josh Smith is big name in speculation leading to next week's NBA trade deadline

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    FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2012, file photo, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith poses for a portrait during NBA basketball media day in Atlanta. The Hawks could soon face an important decision with Smith about a week remaining before the Feb. 21 trade deadline. General manager Danny Ferry said Wednesday the team would consider an opportunity that makes sense for the long-term future of the team. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (The Associated Press)

The Hawks could soon face a big decision with leading scorer Josh Smith, one of the most-discussed names in speculation leading up to the NBA trade deadline.

General manager Danny Ferry said Wednesday he will "definitely look into" any opportunity that "makes sense" for the team's long-term interests. Ferry wouldn't comment on reports the Nets, Spurs and other teams have interest in Smith.

The trade deadline is Feb. 21.

Smith can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Ferry unloaded two other big contracts when he traded Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams before the season.

The Hawks are sixth in the Eastern Conference. Their postseason outlook took a hit when guard Lou Williams sustained a season-ending knee injury last month.