The Warriors are a good scoring team with multiple players able to contribute 20+ points a game. This team's biggest need is a rebounding front court player. Newly acquired Webber may be that person for now, but the Warriors need to look into the future and get a nice young player that can grow with this current team. So here's an idea:
I know how high everyone is on Monta Ellis and I am too. It was nice to hear announcers compare him to the likes of Dwayne Wade. He's a great player, but if you look at this team as a whole, he's a scorer on a team that has enough offensive options with just Davis, Jackson, and Harrington. The ideal player out there would be athletic, long, a good rebounder, and shot blocker. Someone who can run up and down the floor in Nellie's style of play with no problems and there is a guy out there that I feel would be a perfect fit.
This summer, Atlanta will be faced with some decisions on how to go about re-signing Josh Smith and Josh Childress. Both are unrestricted free agents and I can bet that Josh Smith will get some pretty hefty offers that are close to max dollars. Childress will probably get the MLE. The Hawks have much more invested in Marvin Williams, who was the #2 overall pick. All 3 players are small forwards. Horford is better suited as a 4 but is battling the league's centers right now. With all these positives with the Hawks roster, they're still a 18-22 team and have been bottom dwellers for the past few years so they may think about making a change.
Acie Law was suppose to be their answer at the point guard spot and even in decent minutes, he has struggled thus far. He's, afterall, a rookie and will get better, but the Hawks don't have that luxury of waiting. So here is a trade that would help both teams.
Golden State sends Monta Ellis and Patrick O'Bryant to Atlanta for Josh Smith and Acie Law. O'Bryant and Law are both lottery picks (#11 and 9) so those picks would be good even swaps. Ellis and Smith are both rising stars in the league and both have great value. Ellis offers the Hawks a point guard that could play alongside Joe Johnson and gives them a consistent 18 points a game guy. With Smith gone, M. Williams could be a 20+ scorer in the league (currently 16 per game). The Warriors get a front court player thats fits right into their game. He's a great shot blocker and rebounder for a small forward which helps the Warriors more than Ellis would since they both average around 18 a game. With Smith, you get more rebounds and defense. Its a trade of needs that definitely would make both teams better.
Atlanta's Line up:
PG Ellis - A. Johnson - Lue
SG J. Johnson - West
SF Williams - Childress
PF Horford - S. Williams
C O'Bryant - Pachulia
GS Line up:
PG Davis - Watson - Law
SG Jackson - Azuibuike - Belinelli
SF Smith - Barnes - Pietrus
PF Harrington - Wright - Crosher
C Biedrins - Webber
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