For months, NetsDaily posters have used the shorthand, HBAP - Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a draft pick-- as a baseline Nets offer for a big name player. Now, it looks like the Nets front office want to use that same configuration (with one change) to get the Hawks to trade Josh Smith. The change? The Nets offer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Ken Berger, is Hump, Brooks and a pick -- or hot shooting Croatian shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic.
Woj reports in his updated trade talk...
The Nets are trying to make a deal for Smith, too, and have offered Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and either a future first-round pick or the draft rights to Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic, sources said.
Neither report how Danny Ferry, the Hawks GM reacted to the offer, although reports last week had Atlanta rejecting the offer. Woj also reports that the Celtics may still be interested in putting together a deal for the 6'9" Smith. Marc Stein earlier in the day reported the Bucks may try to work a deal centered on Monta Ellis.
Berger reports the Hawks aren't getting better offers than unlike Mikhail Prokhorov, other owners are deeply concerned about taking on more salary. Prokhorov, who arrives in Brooklyn on Friday, is willing to spend in ways that other teams can't. Smith, a free agent, is going to want a large, perhaps max, deal. Fearful of a luxury tax bill, other owners have shied away, leaving the way open for what in any other year would be called a low-ball bid. In fact, ESPN reports the Suns are now out of the Smith Sweepstakes.
Ferry has prioritized youth and multiple draft picks in talks for Smith, but in the NBA's new financial paradigm, potential trade partners are insisting on sending future salary to Atlanta with those assets, sources said. The deadlock could improve the Nets' chances of landing Smith and reuniting him with former Hawks teammate Joe Johnson, one of the sources said.
Bogdanovic is currently the second highest scorer and perhaps hottest shooter in Europe. With Atlanta projected to have more cap space than any team this summer, it would be easier for the Hawks to give Bogdanovic an offer that would permit him to pay his $2 million buyout and have a salary that's better than either the vets minimum or mini-MLE.
Meanwhile, Sekou Smith of NBA.com writes that Josh Smith is not demanding the max contract, that he was asked if he thought he was worth max money. Smith answered in the affirmative, a final deal is negotiable.
And if Smith goes elsewhere or the Hawks keep him? Berger writes...
The Nets know a deal involving Humphries for Charlotte's Ben Gordon will still be there at the deadline and are waiting for Atlanta to choose a destination for Smith before proceeding with those talks."
Finally, Woj's colleague at Yahoo! Sports, Marc J. Spears, tweeted the Nets are one of nine teams who have made "inquiries" about Donte Greene, the 6'10" small forward. The Nets wanted to sign Greene to a non-guaranteed deal in the off-seas but he hurt his ankle and required surgery. The Nets currently have an open roster spot. If the made a trade and wound with either fewer players or the same number, they may seek a veteran for the playoffs.
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