When I started this blog about three years ago it was named Courtside in honour of the dearly departed weekly feature in the Toronto Sun of the same name.
I faithfully read Courtside for years and was disappointed when it was axed a year or two after I joined the Sun.
It returns Tuesday bigger than ever.
While doing some research for one of the pieces on it on the class of 2007 and the lack of extensions signed by its members, I came across this analysis by ESPN’s Chad Ford.
It got me thinking, having screwed up so royally by giving Joe Johnson twice what he is worth, Atlanta has priced itself out of being able to keep its current roster. Jamal Crawford will be a goner and one or both of Josh Smith and Marvin Williams will likely be as well.
Could the Raptors step in and grab either Smith or Williams with the Chris Bosh trade exception?
Williams is an underachiever but has a lot of talent. It would give the team both a maddeningly inconsistent yet extremely talented former No. 1 overall selection and the same type of player who was drafted No. 2 overall.
Smith would likely cost a lot more and is paid a lot more but would be a nice fit beside Andrea Bargnani.
He should have been a Raptor years ago, just like Al Jefferson, Andre Iguodala and/or Danny Granger.
To me, Smith is not worth acquiring if the cost is a top 5 pick in 2011 and the TPE, but if he can be had for a lottery protected first and the TPE I’d have to think about it. I would even think about Jose Calderon and Ed Davis for Marvin Williams and the TPE for Smith. Without moving Davis, acquiring Smith doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Would Davis and the TPE be too much for Smith? Considering Davis’ potential and far cheaper salary, it probably would be.
Just something to think about. There will be a lot of options of how to play the TPE chip.