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Rarely do we see a top-tier NBA player get traded for only unproven prospects and draft picks. But that is exactly what may happen with Josh Smith—especially if Danny Ferry and Daryl Morey spend enough time talking on the phone
In Ferry and Morey, of the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets, respectively, these two general managers seem ideally suited to bargain in today's NBA.
Neither has proven that they can build an excellent team, but each has shown that they value cheap assets and draft picks.
And that is what will be the foundation of this deal.
Last summer, Ferry moved Joe Johnson for a package that seemed more out of Major League Baseball than the National Basketball Association. He now seems poised to do the same with Josh Smith.
If that is his goal, he will find no better partner than Houston.
The Rockets are eager to acquire a marquee big man and can offer multiple draft picks or any number of young, intriguing players. They are also under the salary cap, so it will make the math easier.
It seems unlikely that Ferry will get Houston to part with Chandler Parsons, and Jeremy Lin would be more of a luxury than a necessity in Atlanta, considering that Jeff Teague is the better point guard.
But some combination of Patrick Patterson, Terrence Jones, Marcus Morris, Royce White and picks should get it done.
There is always the chance that some other team sends Ferry an offer for a bona fide, proven producer. But my guess is that Ferry prefers cheap players and draft picks who won't bog down his salary cap.