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Denver and JSmith

 

To keep Horford around the Hawks must avoid another 2nd Rd flop and develop greater mental toughness this season.  JSmith finds a new team if the Hawks receive fair value in any trade. With DEN-Melo all but over the Nuggets can facilitate a JSmith-to-PHO deal.  Assuming a Melo deal happens prior to the season opener, DEN overhauls its roster with this trade.    

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=25lujgp

PHO: JRich and Dudley for JSmith

+: JSmith only 24—JSmith-Lopez will tangle with Bynum-Gasol for yrs. to come
-:  JRich perfectly complements Nash on the offensive end and his clutch scoring will be sorely missed; Dudley only starting to realize how good he can become—unfortunately Clark/picks in place of Dudley probably doesn’t convince DET to bite on this deal

DEN: Billups and Nene for JRich and Prince

+: provides Karl w/hard-working, team-first, high-IQ vets; sets Lawson up for a break-out yr. (Lawson/JRich one of the most athletic backcourt duos out there); JRich/Prince contracts expire in 2011
-: Nene underappreciated; Birdman plays major minutes unless Melo deal brings back a legit C (ie Brook Lopez); will be difficult to convince JRich or Prince to resign in the middle of what looks to be a tumultuous rebuilding yr.
                                                               
ATL: JSmith, Bibby and Zaza for Billups and Nene                                              

+: Hawks now don’t blink in close games against the EC elite; Horford moves over to PF; JJ no longer faces constant pressure to be the playmaker and can dish to Billups in late-game situations
-: no real legit backup C in a physical EC (if Nene logs more minutes watch for injuries or fatigue later in playoffs)—Boozer, Noah, Howard, Garnett and Shaq loom if Hawks advance to 2nd Rd
                                               
DET: Prince for Dudley, Bibby and Zaza

+: much upside to a young core of Stuckey-Bynum-Daye-Dudley-Jerebko-Monroe
-: Bynum wants to start and Bibby may resent significantly reduced minutes—PG and PF/C logjam (Maxiell anyone?) would have to be resolved in a later Rip trade

PHO                                                                                                                                                                      
Nash/Dragic                                                                     
Hill/JChill                                                                             
Hedo/Clark                                                                        
JSmith/Warrick/Lawal                   
Lopez/Frye                                                                        

ATL
Billups/Crawford/Teague
JJ/Evans
Marvin
Horford/Thomas
Nene/Collins

DEN
Lawson/Johnson             
JRich/JR/Afflalo
Prince/Melo
KMart/Harrington
Birdman

DET
Stuckey/Bibby/Bynum
Rip/Gordon/TMac
Daye/Dudley
Villanueva/Jerebko/Wilcox/Maxiell
Zaza/Monroe/Wallace


  __   = likely traded before end of 10-11 season

 

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