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Around the League: Hawks keep Josh Smith

ATLANTA (AP) -- Hawks general manager Danny Ferry gave a simple explanation why he turned down the chance to trade Josh Smith on Thursday.

"We value Josh," Ferry said.

It wasn't the only time Ferry used those words. Smith, 6-foot-9 forward who leads the team in scoring, is an important defender with his steals and blocks, contributes big in assists and rebounds but will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Ferry confirmed the Hawks entertained offers for Smith leading up to Thursday's trade deadline. Ferry ultimately preferred to keep Smith even while accepting the risk he could lose the 27-year-old forward in free agency with no return for the team.

"We weighed the positives and negatives of each of our opportunities and at the end of the day we felt like the best decision was to stand pat based off some of the things we were looking at," Ferry said.

Rose says he believes Bulls trying to win title

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bulls star Derrick Rose says he believes the organization is trying to win a championship.

Rose, who's recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, says in a statement that management's goals ''have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city.''

His comment comes after older brother Reggie ripped the Bulls, telling ESPNChicago.com they don't have the talent to compete for a championship and that their decision to stand pat before Thursday's trade deadline could be a ''big factor'' in whether Derrick returns this season from a knee injury.

Reggie Rose, who insisted he was speaking for himself, wondered why the Bulls made no moves when ''all roads to the championship lead through Miami.''

Lakers owner Jerry Buss remembered at service

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Jerry West were among a host of basketball greats who gathered to remember the life and legacy of Los Angeles Lakersowner Jerry Buss.

They spoke at a memorial service held Thursday for Buss, who died this week at 80 after an 18-month struggle with cancer. The stage at the Nokia Theatre across from Staples Center was bedecked with all 10 of the NBA championship trophies won by the Lakers under Buss and more than 30 floral arrangements.

Johnson punctuated the 1 1/2-hour service by getting the audience on its feet, clapping and cheering for Buss. ''He didn't like it sad, he wanted it to be fun,'' Johnson said.

Bulls' Hinrich sidelined by elbow problem

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kirk Hinrich is sidelined again for the Chicago Bulls.

The veteran point guard is sitting out Thursday's game against the Miami Heat because of an ongoing problem with his right elbow.

Coach Tom Thibodeau says Hinrich was experiencing some soreness, so Nate Robinson started in his place. Hinrich missed seven games with an infection in the elbow before delivering 10 assists Tuesday in a win at New Orleans.

The Bulls visit Charlotte on Friday, and Thibodeau expects him to make the trip.

Photo: Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith (5) make a move to get around Orlando Magic's DeQuan Jones (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Atlanta won 108-76.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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