Originally Posted by Jballer
IThe only move of Bargnani would have to be linked to Josh Smith some how some way...
Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Boston, and Philly (interesting - good point Chamber) all seem to be active in the move. I would presume that Bargnani would some how end up in Atlanta and the Hawks would also pick up draft picks (3rd team) as well.
What comes to Toronto ? Who knows ?
Else no deal will happen.
3. The Hawks should trade Josh Smith even if they canít get a star player or prospect in return.
Fact. Quick reminder: The Hawks finished as the No. 5 seed last year, traded All-Star guard Joe Johnson for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, a lottery-protected first-round pick and a future second-round pick, and are currently a half-game out of the No. 5 seed in the East. Thatís the case despite a recent season-ending injury to Lou Williams. The point here is that trading a ďstarĒ player like Johnson or Smith isnít necessarily a trajectory-altering move and it doesnít require a ďstarĒ in return, unless I missed the part where Petro blossomed this year. Nope, doesnít look like it; he hasnít even played 100 minutes.
Expecting a star player in return for Smith is particularly unrealistic given his contract status. A monster return on a player who has publicly expressed a desire for a max contract just months before he will hit free agency isnít going to materialize. As with the Johnson trade, the flexible play is the best play: expiring contracts, draft picks and veterans on low-salary deals (if necessary) should be the desired return package. Trading him now and moving on should make all the sense in the world to Hawks GM Danny Ferry