Originally Posted by bjjs
If Smith was more interested in playing defense then taking 20' jump shots and scoring points, he might be a better defender than Amir Johnson.
I would rather stick with Amir.
he was pretty interested until he left atlanta. He was a elite defender for most of his career, he's an all star,he's in his prime. He's also a bit of a nutcase, but when properly motivated, he's already shown he can be a key member on a high quality team.
It's a gamble, but it could make us take a big step in closing out the gap to the top teams without costing us any cap space (almost). We'd still have enough money to add one more star to the roster, or 2 very good bench guys. And we'd get a probably lottery pick in the bargain.