Be jealous, everyone. B.J. Ellis.
According to a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Josh Smith wants to team with both halves of Milwaukee’s sporadically dynamic duo.
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
Well then. Monta Ellis is about to have all of the inefficient teammates.
I’m not exactly sure how the Bucks could pull off a move for Smith without giving up Ellis and without mortgaging their long-term future.
The pieces that Milwaukee needs to hold onto in order to have a shot at being a contender in 3 to 5 years are, in order: 1) Larry Sanders, 2) future first-round picks, especially if they land in the top half, 3) John Henson, 4) a reasonably-priced Brandon Jennings, 5) Ersan Ilyasova.
To get Smith, even as a rental, wouldn’t Milwaukee have to dip into that pool?
They could still offer the Hawks other items from their well-stocked supply of rotation-worthy players and/or expiring contracts, but Atlanta would surely want more.
The best offer that Milwaukee could probably make without doling out pieces of their future core would be this one. In exchange for Smith, the Hawks would get a replacement tweener forward who can play now (LRMAM), another one for the future (Harris), plus the rental/expiring contract of Samuel Dalembert. The Bucks could throw in a second-rounder, but it still wouldn’t be a fetching package.
So that means that the Bucks would then have to offer more to make it work, presumably either Henson or a first-rounder. Yuck.
To be honest, I don’t put a lot of credence in this tweet — especially since it’s worded like something leaked from Smith’s end and he isn’t the one putting together the trade. But the thought of damaging a talented young core in exchange just so that the Bucks can hoard three of the league’s boldest (bad) shot takers is scary enough to make it worth a mention.