Kleiza to denver for chandler, straight up.
caldy to utah for jefferson, straight up.
Bargs or amir would have to be traded. If you amnestied Amir think of the bench scoring you could have with Bargs.
Pipe dream, i know.
I am quite certain that no move is imminent (for good reason), but I'll say that trading for Smith does NOT make sense. First of all, he's a UFA after the season, so we'd have to be sure we could sign him long term. Second of all, Atlanta is not going to take Bargnani, his contract is too many years and too much money for a team clearly trying to create cap space to make a run at a star (ie CP3). So you'd have to likely give up Jose, Davis and picks for a guy you're not sure will be around for more than a season. Too much to give up, and too risky.
Sign Big AL. Bench Bargnani or ship him back to italy
For me, looking at how we've been struggling a bit defensively, I would like to go with Jose Smith.
Rudy Gay IS an underrated defender, but I feel, the assets trading off to the receiving team would be too much if it were for Gay. Josh Smith for Andrea Bargnani + asset (Ross/Anderson) + Four 2nd round picks. > Gay + asset (Selby, Wroten) for Calderon + Derozan/Ross + Amir/Ed + Four 2nd Round Picks.
Josh Smith under Coach Casey not only would it be a dream for Casey, but Smith would be held accountable for the shots and offense he is taking. People are wondering that being on a team, asking him to hold a big role, may be too shot happy, but I feel this team will hold a guy like J. Smith accountable.
Josh Smith isn't your ideal 3 point shooter no doubt, but he is capable of hitting the open shot, not to mention he's a great paint protector, great rebounder, and can play the 3 if you want to play big.
RUDY GAY TRADE:
JOSH SMITH TRADE:
Just my thoughts
The Raps would be relying on DD and Fields to be lockdown wing defenders in order to become an elite defence, and that strikes me as unlikely. Not to mention JV has a long way to go before you can call him an elite defender in the middle - it might take 3-4 years if he gets there at all, center is a really tough position to learn defensively. I just don't think Smith makes the team an elite defensive unit without a lot more help.
We were ranked somewhere in the 12 to 15 range defensively last season and that was without JV or Lowry and with Bargnani. I don't think it's too optimistic to think that with the newcomers as well as Smith and AB gone that we couldn't get into the top 5, which I consider elite.
LOL, well seeing as that we are talking about a scenario that is likely to never happen, speculation is all we have.
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