Lots of work done but there's no way either the Hawks or Lakers do the deal. Can tell this was put together by a Celtic fan that's for sure...
Yeah, I mean, the Celtics are getting more of the "rebuild" type chips. I think right now KG is more valuable to the Celtics than Horford is for this season.....same could be said about Pierce compared to Josh Smith. Bledsoe/Odom's expiring come in to play and give the C's a haul they could not refuse. I think to really get this done, the Celtics would have to throw in a 1st rounder, and possibly explore moving Jared Sullinger to LAL, which I don't believe throws the deal off money-wise, or could be adjusted easily.
The more I look at it, the more I think the Hawks absolutely do it though. Dwight has been their organizations binkey since he threw out the idea that he wasn't going to stay with the Magic. They have basically made it public info that they will not retain Josh Smith. If Josh Smith was playing under a current 3 year deal, I agree, they say no way. They are already looking to get something for him. Break the trade down for ATL and you might think differently.
Horford: The only player that would be tough for them to part ways with.
Smith/Harris/Korver: All expirings, who they cannot even close to guarantee to bring back, to their organization; a team that has been more or less the same guys for a few seasons, and has produced the same results. The Hawks would be all over a chance to bring a true franchise/ticket selling type player in Dwight Howard. They also get Butler/World Peace/Brandon Bass to build a solid lineup around Howard/Teague, and additional building blocks in Melo/1st rounder......not a bad haul considering their situation, IMO.
Kupchak would be the holdup on this trade, but looking at it through a Laker lense RIGHT NOW:
The fanbase wants to raid the front office with pitchforks and torches; they are sore losers, who expected a ring (and so did most of us) sooner/this year, rather than later with the amazing lineup. They rushed Howard back, and now he's playing at "80 percent".....more like 70%, considering how dominant he has been in the past.
The haul the Lakers brings in allows them to turn it around THIS SEASON, bringing in more upper-crust role player types to surround Kobe/Pau. Nash has been too up and down to be considered a main part of what they do. Getting Devin Harris, who would be a prolific passer/scorer in his own right in this lineup, would really give the Lakers PG's they haven't had with Kobe for most of his career. Terry is a perfect rotational player for their bench, and he and Korver become the outside shooting/floor spreading element that they have been missing all season.
DeAndre Jordan doesn't come close to Dwight Howard, but stats-wise, he's already playing at Howards numbers, and is not experiencing current injury problems. He is still young and developing his game. In Laker-terms, he is a fairly contract-friendly big-man, and gives them athleticism/defense (not so much low-post dominance) that would work very well alongside Gasol, IMO. There's too many cooks in the kitchen in LA-LA land right now.....this trade gives the Lakers a team blueprint that brought them winning records/championships in the past.