The Hawks plan to match any offers Josh Smith and Josh Childress receive this month, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Smith and Childress are restricted free agents, but the team claims that they want to retain both players.
This is not good news. I think the Spurs should offer the full MLE (~5.8 million per year) anyway to force them to back up their words. How many athletic and long small forwards does one team need? They have 4 of them. Throw the Spurs a fricken bone.
Childress would bring much more than J.R. Smith, who would likely spend most of his time in Pop's doghouse. If we can't get Childress, then I hope we look to Azubuike or Pietrus (on the cheap). If we can't get a decent wing in free agency it will make the Hill acquisition all the more puzzling. There were at least 3 guys still on the board (Greene, Giddens, and CDR) who could have helped the Spurs on the wing.