JSmoove on Lakers radar?
I know this is not new at all. But with this kind of news brings me trade ideas.
4 team trade idea:
LAL gets: J.Smith [13.2m/1yr] and A. Morrow [4m/1yr] from ATL
ATL gets: D. Granger from IND [13.1m/2yr], Okafor[13.5/2yr with ETO] and Price[854k/1yr] from WAS
IND gets: Gasol [19m/2yr] from LAL and D. Harris [8.5m/1yr] from ATL
WAS gets : D.West [10m/1yr] from IND and Blake [4m/2yr] from LAL
Why would they do it:
LAL: They get their man and an additional shooter which fits well with their new coach. Plus they're both D12 buddies.
ATL: Solve their problem at the C and SF spot with this trade.
IND: They are playing well enough with George playing SF (natural position) and their young guns are growing(esp. Lance) so why stop that growth, I put Harris as the starting PG cause I like Hill playing offball more. And Gasol would fit well enough with Hibbert ( Pau>West).
WAS: With their present situation right now a salary dump wouldn't be a bad idea plus West is still good.
Not a bad one. One of the better ones I have saw, but Pacers don't do it. Lakers, Hawks, and Wizards probably all say yes to this, but just can't see the Pacers giving up Granger and West for Gasol and Harris.
Thanks for your insight. I'm having problem trying to balance things for the Pacers but maybe some draft picks could entice IND to do the trade.
I think if some team throws in draft picks that Indy would eat this up considering West will probably leave soon and having two 7 foot players in the front court in the East would help them out in a big way. Also 6'10" George would be their small forward.
Your trade idea doesn't make sense to me from ATL's point of view. There new GM dumps Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams' contracts to create cap space then turn around and take on Granger and Okafor?
With the trade ATL easily solved their problem at the 3 and 5 spot. Salary wise they are not that bloated nor long (compare to Johnson's contract) because both of Okafor (which had an ETO, but highly doubt he'd exercise it) and Granger contracts will be done after 2013-2014 season.
An Granger is damaged goods... Terrible trade for the Hawks.
Granger is probably out at least 12 weeks.
I think atlanta would want more for jsmoove than just granger and okafor
You would want more or risk losing Smith for nothing which somehow with the trade solves the teams need. And it wouldn't necessarily impact the teams salary going into the future.
Atlanta is rebuilding, they don't want guys that are older and have bloated contracts
I think Atlanta would just take Pau Gasol back in the trade.
Gasol-Horford-Teague would be pretty good together.
ATL doesn't have an interest with Gasol plus I think it would be much better if you'd get a solution for both of your needs at the 3 (Granger) and 5 (Okafor) rather than just having Gasol play the 4 or 5 spot.
C: Okafor, PF: Horford (natural position), SF: Granger, SG: Lou, PG: Teague
Atlanta has a plan to rebuild. Taking Gasol for Smith doesn't make the team better at all. Atlanta has also expressed that they do not want Gasol and will need a 3rd team to get a deal done. Thing is, not many teams out there that would love Gasol can offer Atl what they want. Wolves has wanted Gasol for a couple of years now, but all they have to offer is Derrick Williams. Williams has shown he can't play SF and Atl wants Hortford to play 4. maybe another team in love with Williams will be willing to take him and send a lotto pick to Atl? best 3 team deal I can see, and it's a stretch, is Lakers, Hawks, and Raptors. Raptors desperately wants to make playoffs now. Their rookies cannot contribute as of now, which we expected Jonas V.would have been able to. How about Gasol to Toronto, Jonas V.and Terrance Ross to Atlanta, Josh Smith/Korver to L.A.? Raptors has a team capable of sneaking into playoffs behind Lowry, Derozan, Barnagni, and Gasol. Atl gets a center to pair with Hortford and a Sg prospect that meshes well with Teague if they keep him, let alone now certainly will have a lottery pick.
I highly doubt TOR would trade both of their rookies even if it gets them Gasol plus how can you make salary work to make the trade (esp. with the new CBA). And TOR pick was just included in the trade for Lowry and is now owned by the Thunder (Harden's trade).
Josh Smith will be a FA this summer so Atlanta have to decide do they cash in for him now or risk him moving onto another team as an FA. With the new S and T rules top players will be perused by teams without cap space in the final year of their contracts and so the players will have good trade value if they indicate they will extend with the acquiring team.
We would all guess that Josh would extend with the Lakers and the Lakers could balance salaries by moving MWP and a filler the otherway but Atlanta would want some picks and if the Lakers don't want their cap to become ridiculous then they have to move Gasol for picks or instead of MWP to a 3rd team if we assume that Atlanta don't want Gasol.
One team that sprang to mind was Houston who have a load of assets outside of Harden, Lin and Asik. The one complication is that Houston's 2013 pick already goes to the Hawks and when they acquired Harden the Rockets gave other picks away so would they have enough to offer Atlanta and would they want Gasol. Outside of the good trade in the first post it's hard to get Gasol onto a team who would be in contention.
Houston also came to my mind but the salary just won't work to make a trade sending Gasol to Hou. And also none of the team (LAL and HOU) have a good picks to offer.
I think J Smoove is going to be traded to the Celtics. That's where he wants to go, and they have the pieces to trade for him. It could be along the lines of Jeff Green, who is a much-needed SF, Fab Melo, a C, and either Bradley/Lee/Sullinger. It would benefit both teams, especially considering that Jsmith and Rondo played together in high school, and jsmith even traveled with the entire celtics roster to LA for team bonding.