UKUGA wrote:The Sporting News columnist (listed on LD, probably will be moved here soon) actually makes a good point about Odom.
Why would the Hawks want Odom at $14.5 million, just to lose him at the end of the year, when they can have Smith at $3.0 million, and still lose him?
From a team chemistry standpoint, they might be best off rolling with what they have, which includes Smith for another year, and see if they can't build something over next 10 months that will make Smith want to stay in Atlanta.
I still say that Odom could upgrade the Hawks - at least marginally - in 2008-9, and he too, might be willing to sign an extension, especially since the Hawks would have the capacity to re-sign him in 2009 (if so desired), whereas other teams wouldn't want to use up cap room on Lamar Odom, with the infamous "Summer of 2010" on the horizon.
If this is truly about money, then I think the Sportin News writer is correct. Ink Smith to the 1-year tender offer, play out another season, and let him walk in 2009 (if he so desires), rather than pay Lamar Odom over $14 milion for one year of his services.
I think the idea would be not to just move Smith, but to move Smith and another contract like Speedy Claxton. The move would probably look something like this.
Odom, 2009 first for Smith and Claxton.
I'm not disagreeing with what that writer said in terms of his logic on the money issue the Hawks are considering, but I don't think the deal was a simple one for one trade.
Look. It is still pipe, but I don't think the deal is as simple as that writer pointed out. Also, the writer says the next 10 months could be used to build something in Atlanta that would make him want to stay. If they build something that special next season, the dude is going to want even more money than he does now and there will be more teams with cap room to pay it with nothing the Hawks can do about it since he'll be unrestricted. Not to mention that Smith will be so livid at the Hawks for letting him play this season for 3 million.
Josh Smith will also get cranky. If he knows there are teams out there willing to do a s&t right now that would pay him 12 million THIS season instead of having to wait until next season to get a payday, I highly doubt he will come to camp in the best of moods, if he comes at all. Especially considering he could go to Europe and make the equivalent of 10 million easy.