Josh Smith: The One Player the Warriors Could Have Landed, But Didn't...
After Baron Davis opted out, the Warriors threw money at everyone Gilbert Arenas, Elton Brand and panicked and signed 29 year old shooting guard Corey Maggette to a 5 year $50 million contract. The two positions of need for the Warriors was PG(after Baron opted out) and PF. We spent and additional $4.2 million per year on Ronnie Turiaf for 4 years. Basically, we spent $14.2 million per year on Maggette and Turiaf.
This summer, 22 year old Josh Smith was the last big name free agent to get signed. He was upset at the way the Hawks delayed on their contract offer. He was offered a contract by the Grizzlies. $58 million for five years. Less than $12 million per year. Instead of Maggette and Turiaf, the Warriors could have saved money and attempted to sign Josh Smith for five years and $13.5 million.
They would have saved roughly $700,000 a year, a roster spot and more importantly filled a position of need. Say what you want about Josh lack of offense, but he can rebound at 8 a game, block two to three shots a game, get 1.5 steals a game and is young improving and EXTREMELY ATHLETIC. Perfect Warrior fit. The fact that he's more defensive oriented is actually a benefit and blends in well with our team of gunners.
Now that is a young team with Biedrins, Monta, and Josh Smith, none older than 23. This would have allowed Al to play the three and Jackson to play the two.
Watching Josh Smith walk off the court after the Hawks whupped the Warriors, I couldn't help thinking that the one player that we didn't pursue this summer, is the the one we should've landed.
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