Mar 27, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) dribbles against Milwaukee Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh (13) during the game at the Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Hawks 108-101. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Reaction: Atlanta Hawks Decide Not to Trade Josh Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks

Mar 3, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) dunks the ball against Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 99-94. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

He’s still a Hawk. For now.

General Manager Danny Ferry reportedly backed out of a deal that would’ve sent Josh Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks and Beno Udrih, Ekpe Udoh, Luc Richard M’bah a Bootie Moute, and a first round pick to the Hawks. So many thoughts are going through my head that are trying to decide whether it was smart to pull out or if Ferry should’ve made the trade. Let’s try to predict what life would be like if this trade went through.

Atlanta Hawks receive Beno Udrih, Ekpe Udoh, Luc Richard M’bah a Moute, and a first round pick

This is tough for me because I’m really not a fan of any of these guys. Udrih is a solid backup point guard who would solve our need for another guy to run the point (Pargo?), Udoh is an athletic defensive presence who struggles rebounding and making a name for himself offensively, M’bah a Moute is a defensive stopper who can only score from inside 12-15 feet, and the first round pick would likely end up in the 13-16 range. Is that package enough for J-Smoove? Any deal with the Bucks should include LARRY SANDERS!, right? Udrih would’ve been able to walk after the season due to his expiring contract, but Udoh and Mbah a Moute have a couple more years on their deals. They have potential, but some seasoning is necessary. The Hawks would drop significantly in terms of talent on the roster this year and a run at the Eastern Conference finals, or even the semi-finals, goes out the window.

However, using the assets Danny Ferry has acquired, the trillion dollars in cap room (It’s a lot, I swear) and the surplus of draft picks the Hawks have this year, a bright future is possible for the franchise. This is a tough decision, but if I were Danny Ferry, I think I might’ve taken the deal. The Hawks would have 3 first round picks this year, assuming the Rockets end up making the playoffs (pick from HOU is lottery protected). It is rare to find a franchise player or solid starter toward the end of the lottery unless you get lucky on some young, athletic lefty swingman from Oak Hill (cough Smoove cough) but Danny Ferry could work some magic to trade up and maybe snag the 6th or 7th pick. Anyone up for Otto Porter?

Milwaukee Bucks receive Josh Smith, others unknown

Here’s a sample of the Bucks offense, if J-Smoove was to be traded.

11:44 Monta Ellis takes fadeaway from short corner, misses off back iron

11:13 Josh Smith takes end of shot clock three. Airball.

10:39 Brandon Jennings takes running PUJIT (Pull Up Jumper In Transition, for the kids at home). Brick.

10:23 Josh Smith backs down in the post, spins, spins, spins a third time, and challenged at the rim. No foul.

9:58 LARRY SANDERS! somehow drains post hook over defender. Milwaukee forgets all about the past two minutes.

That’s some bad offense, right there. Bucks fans, consider yourselves lucky you don’t have to watch that.

Free Agency

Danny Ferry will have trouble putting up as much money as Houston this offseason, but that’s okay. Is he really worth the max? I wouldn’t want to overpay a guy known for his athleticism when he turns 30 during the deal. Once that extra step he seems to have fades because of injury or just age, his value as a player is slashed tremendously.

Who knows, maybe Ferry can pull of some miracle sign and trade with Houston in June and we won’t be left with him walking. That would certainly be nice, but as of now I’d bet good money on Smoove to pack his bags and grow a beard (I’m told they have a Beard Dynasty in HOU). Houston, we have a player for you.

 

 

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