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Old 02-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #27
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Default Re: Bargnani Trade Rumor Thread

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 can’t 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. That’s the case despite a recent season-ending injury to Lou Williams. The point here is that trading a “star” player like Johnson or Smith isn’t necessarily a trajectory-altering move and it doesn’t require a “star” in return, unless I missed the part where Petro blossomed this year. Nope, doesn’t look like it; he hasn’t 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 isn’t 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
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