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Old 07-01-2008, 10:42 AM   #1
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But neither Brand nor Davis is the target of the Philadelphia 76ers. That distinction remains Smithís. And while you were sleeping just after midnight, 76ers president Ed Stefanski, according to one of my well-placed spies, was on the phone with Smithís representatives making sure that they were headed to the City of Brotherly Love as soon as possible.

My spy (who said no call from the Hawks came after midnight) insists that Philly wants Smith to visit as early as Wednesday morning. That would make clear their intentions where Smith is concerned.

The Hawks and Smithís reps are still slated to meet this afternoon (my spy didnít know where the meeting was slated to go down but Iím working on it). But I would imagine the tenor of that meeting could change dramatically, at least for Smithís camp, knowing that itís just the first stop on a mini-tour that includes a stop in Philly.

Good teams donít wait around until May to decide who they like, theyíve usually done their homework on a player and his situation long before they make the move it appears the 76ers are about to make.

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Of course everyone wants Brand here, but how do people feel about smith? I love the player. I just don't think he fits a need here (outside shooting, command a double team in the post, half court offense). He seems like Andre Iguodala in Thaddeus Young's body. But if the Sixers got away with playing Young and Evans at the pf all season long, I could definately see Smith there. Thoughts?
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:42 AM   #2
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That would be fun.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:44 AM   #3
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

If we cant land Brand... I'd accept Smith, even though he gives us more of what we have.... We'd still need a half court game and Smith wont help that
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

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If we cant land Brand... I'd accept Smith, even though he gives us more of what we have.... We'd still need a half court game and Smith wont help that
I feel the same way. If we're going to sign a FA and can't get Brand then yes, I'd take Smith. There's always sign-and-trade, but I'm not sure what good pf's are available...especially ones that would give us more than Smith.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:52 AM   #5
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

Atlanta really has nothing to worry about, Most Philly can offer is like a starting salary of like 10 million..

All they have do is simply MATCH.
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

I'm not sure I understand why Stefanski is so high on Josh. I can think of 2-3 players (other than Brand) available in free agency that fit better the sixers. Smith is a terrific young player, but I just don't see him filling many needs in Philly.



I honestly hope Philadelphia doesn't gets Smith unless it's a bargain and it leaves some cap space to get another player -in which case Atlanta would simply match-, cause with Smith aboard Sixers would still be needing another significant addition.
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

atlanta's strategy should be to let some team throw him an offer and then match it.

cause you KNOW smith's agent is hoping for max deal with max raises from the hawks, something other teams can't come close to.
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:46 PM   #8
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We'd be defensive beasts but doesn't really provide the post scoring needed. But defense still win games. i'd be happy.
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:47 PM   #9
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

Iggy and Smith on the same team would def. put people in the arena
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Old 07-01-2008, 01:54 PM   #10
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

if the sixers get smith they will play him @ pf

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this would definitely be a top 5 defensive team. but not many scoring options.
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

Part of this is kind of good, because Smith has had a bad attitude in the past from time to time.

Nevertheless, he improved a lot this year, and the playoff experience will prove to be invaluable.

If Smith leaves, that will only happen if the Sixers offer one of their top young players in return, since the Hawks have the right to match any offer.

More than likely, Smith will stay at around 5 years, $70 million.
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

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Iggy and Smith on the same team would def. put people in the arena

That should have happened, but the Hawks picked Childress over Iggy the year they picked Smith.

The Hawks passed on Paul, Iggy, Roy.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:53 PM   #13
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Default Re: Josh Smith set to meet with Sixers this week

Sixers would be the GSW of the East if they landed Josh Smith. Josh can finish plays that Reggie botches (still love dude game tho). So it would be exciting, high scoring similar to GSW is. That said? Josh doesnt improve things the Sixers lack. I'm not really rooting for a signing.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:56 PM   #14
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Imagine Andre Miller on the break with Iggy on the left Carney on his right and Josh smith trailing. He could throw the ball to the moon. One of them is gonna go get it.
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I say make a run at Baron Davis.
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