Sekou Smith of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hints very hard today that the Hawks have something big in the works, and it's sounding more and more like it could involve Kings point guard Mike Bibby.
The Hawks have been badly in need of a point guard for some time, and their roster is full of the sort of expiring contracts that could actually get close enough to Bibby's $13.5 million salary ($14.5 million next season) to make a deal work. Among them is small forward Josh Smith, who will be a restricted free agent seeking a huge deal and would fit in quite nicely if Ron Artest is gone this summer. What's more, there has always been a healthy communication between Kings vice president of basketball operations Wayne Cooper (who handles a good amount of trade talks) and Hawks GM Billy Knight. I've got to think a draft pick would be involved here, too. Stay tuned.
ON THE OTHER TRADE FRONT
I've tried my darndest on this forum to say why Artest in Denver just makes sense. But it just might have a little more impact now that Carmelo Anthony himself is campaigning for the move just like he did two years ago. - Sam Amick