According to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Josh Smith was signed to an offer sheet worth $58 million from the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Hawks can match the offer since Smith is a restricted free agent. They got 7 days to do that.
Smith made it clear that he felt disrespected by the Hawks since he did not get a contract. For the Hawks it is a good move to move on from the troublesome Smith, but they get nothing in return.
The Hawks could match, but if they do not, this is a win situation for the Grizzlies.
The best scenario for Smith would have been to the Mavericks, but the Grizzlies were the only active team to offer Smith a deal.
For the Grizzlies and coach Iavaroni this is the best move for them. They run a Mike D'Antoni system of run and gun since Iavaroni was an assistant under D'Antoni. No better fits this system than of the most athletic players in the NBA with Smith.
The Grizzlies are loaded with guards and forwards, which is why it is questionable why they did not persue a center, but this is the right move for them to attract fans.
A starting line up for them looks like Mike Conley Jr., OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, Josh Smith, and Marc Gasol. Their bench is deep led by Kyle Lowry, Javaris Crittenton, and Darko Milicic.
I do not see the Grizzlies making the playoffs, but the point of making off season moves is to see if they are better than they were 24 hours ago. They defiantly are.
Smith is on his way to end up his career as one of the greatest defenders all time. His only problem is accepting he is no Jordan. He likes to take poor fade away jumpers and 3 pointers.
The Hawks on the other end are in a horrible situation. They lost Josh Childress to EuroLeague and now can lose Smith.
I believe they are forced to keep Smith around since Mario West or Soloman
Jones are not good enough to take the Hawks to the playoffs.
In the end the Grizzlies are making the right move by attempting to get Josh Smith. He can fill up some seats and make the Grizzlies one of the most exciting teams to watch next season.