Thanks for the praise, SO.
This is probably a good time to talk about Smoove. Very early on, air and I came to the decision that we needed another star to win this league. We believe that star power wins in the NBA, and as good as Noah and Deng are, they aren't stars.
Smoove, warts and all, is a star. He hasn't been named an all-star yet, but he's a star in the sense that he can severely (positively) impact a game in nearly every way. Last season, he averaged 17.5ppg, 8.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg, and 1.8bpg. I remember reading somewhere that he was the only player to put up those numbers in over a decade.
So, we are of the belief that he positively affects this team. Now, we come to the question of whether someone else with less warts would more positively affect the team. There were no players of Smith's caliber to be had without giving up Rose, Noah, or Butler, whom we consider untouchable. Therefore, we had to go for it; we had to take the risk.
There's a chance that Smith finds his own on a team where he doesn't need to be the top scorer, and can be more judicious in his shot selection and devote more energy to things like rebounding and defense. If this happens, then watch out for Los Bulls.
As for Avery Bradley, you're the first person I've heard that thinks he should start. I've heard from many that he's an ideal role player in Thibs' system, and we prefer him to come off the bench. I'd be curious if other people share this belief with SO, though. So if you do, please speak up.
And as for some praise for your team: I think getting Gortat was one of the more brilliant moves in this entire league thus far. The Thunder were clearly lacking a legitimate big presence, and you added one in him. As other people have said, though, that might have been the only move you needed to make. I have a crush on Ibaka and think you should have kept him, but getting Faried for much cheaper was smart in the long run.
I'm curious why you haven't pursued more frontcourt players. You seem fairly stacked at the 2 and 3, but weak at the 4 and 5 (in terms of depth). I'd like to hear your thoughts on that.