Hate to be the Debbie Downer, but I gotta play Devil's Advocate here. Smitty said he plans on staying a Panther. Nothing in that quote says he will be, as it takes the other side deciding to keep him too. He may want to retire as a Panther, but the front office may have different plans for him.
I'm hoping the trade deadline passes and he's still here, but I'm not going to get my hopes up until after that happens. I honestly doubt we would trade him, but stranger things have happened.
I doubt a team would want an unhappy Smitty. Ask Lucas