I don’t even know what to believe and what not to believe anymore. Let’s just assume everything is the absolute truth and push ourselves to the brink of insanity and freak out about every report we hear. Does that sound good?
Today’s report: Josh Smith would like to play with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. He sounds like an awful general manager, so I hope he’s either got charisma or a good accountant, because front office work can’t be in his future.
Josh Smith would like to play w/Monte Ellis & Brandon Jennings so Bucks trying to make trade w/out giving up Ellis.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 20, 2013
What would the Bucks have to give up to get Smith without losing Ellis? Things are about to get real here folks:
Beno Udrih, Luc Mbah a Moute and …. Larry Sanders for Smith and Tony Morrow (I know everyone calls him Anthony, but dibs on saying Tony right here.)
I recognize how unpopular this would be, but I have a hard time believing the Hawks would want to take back Ilaysova’s lengthy and moderately expensive contract. For the price of losing a guy who’s quickly becoming the best defensive player in the game, the Bucks at least get back Morrow, a dangerous shooter. Of course, without Udrih, Milwaukee would again lack a backup point guard. Perhaps that could be addressed separately.
I’m not saying I’d like this trade, I’d hate it, but I could see something like it happening. Hopefully the Bucks value Sanders as much as they should at this point though.
How could this get done without Larry Sanders?
Samuel Dalembert, Ekpe Udoh, Tobias Harris and the Bucks first round pick for Smith and Anthony Tolliver
Milwaukee loses out on the prospect Harris and a first round pick, but doesn’t give up any core pieces. Plus they get Tolliver, a little used big man that could be the last guy on the bench and be fine with his role. John Henson would likely get a larger role in this situation and either Smith or Mbah a Moute would probably take some minutes at the power forward spot.
But this team would have Sanders, Smith and Mbah a Moute available for late game defense. You can do a lot worse than that.
I’m likely over-valuing Harris at this point, simply because he’s on the Bucks and he’s young. But including the first round pick and Henson as well may be a bit too steep for reality. This is Josh Smith, not Joss Whedon. AMIRIGHT AVENGERS FANS!?
Your thoughts or angry rantings on the matter?