By Tim Polzer
January 31, 2013

Hawks forward Josh Smith says he's a max player. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Hawks forward Josh Smith says he's a max player. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Suns are trying to add forward Josh Smith and have had talks with the Hawks, according to multiple league sources in a Hoopsworld.com report.

After missing out on acquiring Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay, the Suns are pursuing Smith before the Feb. 21 trade deadline or through a sign-and-trade deal next offseason.

Smith, 27, is making $13.2 million in the last year of his contract, putting him on a list of NBA stars who could change teams soon. He could max out with the Hawks at almost $20 million per season or $94 million over five years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith has come out publicly saying that he's worth a max contract.

Phoenix could offer center Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, Michael Beasley and several expiring contracts including Shannon Brown, Wes Johnson, Jermaine O'Neal and Sebastian Telfair.

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