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Nets out of Jsmoovemove, Josh Smith stays in Atlanta


After not getting the ultimate prize in the MeloDrama or Dwightmare, the Nets didn't get the big one in the JSmoovemove either. Nor did they make any moves. Although they had been optimistic something might evolve, the Hawks were unwilling to accept their offers or offers from any other NBA team. In fact, the deadline did not see a single star change teams. It was instead, filled with minor deals and salary dumps.

Ultimately, said one insider, "Nothing really made a lot of sense. The new CBA has really putting a kink in player movement."

What's next for the Nets? They will keep their roster spot open and see if anyone gets bought out by March 1. That's the so-called "buyout deadline" or "second trade deadline." A player waived between now and March 1 is still eligible to play in the post-season. Players who want to play for a contender will often ask to be waived or bought out by March 1.

It was David Aldridge who fiinally killed the the Nets chances of getting Smith just before 3 p.m.

In the hour before the ultimate tweet, Aldridge penned increasingly pessimistic tweets, preparing fans for disappointment through the final hour of trading.

Not only did Smith stay in Atlanta, but none of the other power forwards linked even peripherally to the Nets moved. Paul Millsap stayed in Utah; Ersan Ilyasova in Milwaukee and Andrea Bargnani in Toronto.

In addition to turning down the Nets offer, based Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first round pick (or Bojan Bogdanovic) the Hawks turned down an offer from the Bucks, which didn't seem to be much, if at all, better.

Atlanta would have received Ekpe Udoh, Luc Mbah a Moute, Beno Udrih and a protected first round pick from the Bucks for Smith, according to Ric Bucher. While Humphries and Brooks are guaranteed $13,210,080 over the next two years of their contracts, Udoh, Mbah a Moute and Udrih are owed a total of $13,440,508 over the next two years. Brooks also has a team option for $2,179,354. One issue that could have changed the dynamic: who would the Bucks have had to accept along with the Smith?