According to Michael Cunningham of the AJC, the Atlanta Hawks have traded Willie Green to the Los Angeles Clippers in return for Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis.
Schortsanitis will likely never play a game for the Hawks, but as we’ve all found out, Danny Ferry is a master at getting something out of nothing. The Hawks acquired a trade exception that will be the amount Green makes in his first year with the Clippers. The trade exception will expire one year from today.
If you don’t know exactly how a trade exception works, MC breaks it down in his post:
A trade exception works as a sort of credit that would allow the Hawks to make a trade while over the salary cap without meeting the usual salary-matching requirements. The credit expires one year from the date of the trade.
While Green did have a career year in scoring efficiency last season, the Hawks acquired Lou Williams, Anthony Morrow, and John Jenkins in the offseason, all three of which play the same position as Green (shooting guard). While his production should be easily replaced, especially defensively where he spanned from mediocre to atrocious, Green was a breath of fresh air for a Hawks bench that was sporadic all season long. At least we’ll always have the memory of him bricking the potential game winner in Game 3 of the Celtics series, right?
Schortsanitis signed a three-year deal with the Panathinaikos in Athens, so it’s safe to assume that the 6’9″, 350-pound center won’t be journeying to the States anytime soon. In the meantime, you can practice pronouncing his name. If you make any progress, let me know.