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jeffb 05-22-2011 12:19 PM

Josh Smith on his way out of Atlanta?
 
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For seven seasons, Josh Smith has shown us that he can be the best player on the floor. For seven seasons, he has shown us that he can be the worst player on the floor. The fact these opposites often appear in the same game is what makes him so maddening.

This is why after seven seasons, it’s time to say goodbye.

Smith is not the biggest problem on the Hawks’ roster, he’s merely the greatest lightning rod for criticism. He’s not the player who has crippled the payroll and just followed the richest contract in NBA history — $123,658,089 — with his least-productive season. That would be Joe Johnson.

For as much as Smith is hammered for launching three-point shots, he had a better shooting percentage from three-range this season (33.1 percent) than Johnson (29.7). Johnson battled some injuries (elbow, thumb). But so did Smith (knee), and he’s not supposed to be a three-point shooter. So who should we scream louder about?

Here’s the problem: Smith clearly is getting fed up as the Hawks’ player who’s constantly being duct-taped to a post in the middle of the town square.

I spoke to him the day following one bad shooting performance in the playoffs and he said, “I know sometimes I take shots I shouldn’t. But I’m not the only one in here who takes bad shots. I just get talked about more than anybody else.”

There is some truth to that. There’s also some truth to the fact that some of coach Larry Drew’s offensive sets leave Smith out in the corner, away from the basket, although that doesn’t mean he has to shoot from out there.

Smith’s slow boil continued when Drew called him out following a poor performance in Game 2 of the Chicago playoff series. (“I want him flying all over the place. I don’t want him sitting out there just shooting jump shots and trying to make plays off the dribble.”)

Then, following his phenomenal Game 4 performance against the Bulls (23 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, one steal), Smith seized the moment.

“The media is trying to ‘T.O.’ me,” he said, referencing NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, a frequent target of blame.

He called his relationship with fans “a love-hate thing.” There’s no reason to believe that’s going to change.

The Hawks might finally be willing to trade Smith. But equally important is that Smith may actually welcome a trade. He needs a fresh start, with a new organization, new teammates and new fans – all some place far away from his hometown.

Hawks and Josh Smith may have had enough of each other | Jeff Schultz

Alex 05-22-2011 12:28 PM

Bargnani/Jose/LB

for

Josh Smith/Teague or Wilkens?

jeffb 05-22-2011 12:40 PM

Bargnani/Bayless/Amir/Future 1st

for

Smith/Teague/Williams

Knight/Teague
DD/Barbosa
JJ/Williams/Kleiza
Smith/Davis/Evans (vet min)
FA/Trade?/Dorsey/Evans

pzabby 05-22-2011 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 541606)
Bargnani/Bayless/Amir/Future 1st

for

Smith/Teague/Williams

Knight/Teague
DD/Barbosa
JJ/Williams/Kleiza
Smith/Davis/Evans (vet min)
FA/Trade?/Dorsey/Evans

i like everything except for the future first. also, do you mean protected or non protected. i have a similar plan to yours.

bargnani, bayless, amir, future 1st(not 2012), for smith, teague, and their 2011 first.

take our first and the hawks first and move up somehow to get number 1.

irving/teague
DD/barbosa
JJ/kleiza/smith
smith/davis/evans
FA centre(dalembert?)/dorsey

jeffb 05-22-2011 01:03 PM

Preferably protected until 2013. Not that it matters. IMO if we did something like this we'd either be a playoff team or very close, meaning a 10th pick or so anyway.

pzabby 05-22-2011 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 541630)
Preferably protected until 2013. Not that it matters. IMO if we did something like this we'd either be a playoff team or very close, meaning a 10th pick or so anyway.

dont be so sure. what this does is create a redundancy at the pf position. meaning our strength would remain a strength (albeit stronger) and our weaknesses would become weaker.

jeffb 05-22-2011 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 541672)
dont be so sure. what this does is create a redundancy at the pf position. meaning our strength would remain a strength (albeit stronger) and our weaknesses would become weaker.

Not really, you draft a PG and then sign or trade for a Center. Which means that this summer we will have strengthened at three starting positions on paper.

Example:

Knight
DD
JJ
Smith
Dalembert or Chandler or ????


Don't forget, this is the begining of our rebuild, that lineup imo puts us in the right direction. Well only if we can get a strong Center.

Dutches 05-22-2011 02:40 PM

He's not coming here guys. Be realistic lol

Dark Knight 05-22-2011 03:18 PM

You guys are seriously undervaluing Jeff Teague.

DonMughal 05-22-2011 03:51 PM

I wouldn't put anyone in front of Davis at the moment. Stop looking at PF's guys.

Don Vito 05-22-2011 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by DonMughal (Post 541717)
I wouldn't put anyone in front of Davis at the moment. Stop looking at PF's guys.

He can play SF too, so if we trade for him I'm pretty sure that is where he'll play.

Stonezz 05-22-2011 03:56 PM

Josh Smith at small forward? Naw, dude would be chucking for days.

DonMughal 05-22-2011 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Don Vito (Post 541718)
He can play SF too, so if we trade for him I'm pretty sure that is where he'll play.

I would like a SF who can actually make a three and has a decent mid-range game. JJ's getting a bit better in that department. Smith is only effective when he's playing near the rim. He's 6-9, 6-10. He's a PF.


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