Lakers get Nash, Josh Smith
Hawks get Gasol
Suns get Hinrich, McRoberts and 1st round pick (LAL)
- Why would LAL do this?
We need a PG, a playmaker. We need someone on perimeter that can take the load off Kobe. No one is better than Nash at those points. Defense might be an issue but adding Josh Smith would ensure we get toughen up in paint defense. Bynum-Smith duo can play together even after Kobe and we wouldn't lose our PF/C advantadge much. We can retire both Kobe and Nash at the same time in 3 years. Nash also wouldn't demand much salary for next 2 years which is a plus for Jim Buss.
- Why would ATL do this?
Josh Smith has demanded a trade. They don't have a true C, Gasol might fill that spot and they can use Horford in PF. At the same time they can play in each other's place. They both have range to hit shots. And Gasol isn't a chucker like Smith. For 2-3 years, Hawks can still be relevant.
- Why would PHX do this?
Nash has made them relevant again, although they couldn't play in finals. His contract is expired this summer and they might do a favor to Nash by trading him to a contender level team. Hinrich can fill Nash's spot in remaining games, since his contract ends this year, they are free to not sign him and look at other options with trade picks.
I'm aware that Lakers are in much better position in this trade but neither Hawks nor Suns have any shot at getting the title. With special circumstances their players have, I think this 3-way trade benefits all 3 teams in short or long term.
Edited by Ivanfield, March 09, 2012 - 07:25 AM.