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Atlanta to match offers for Childress (and Smith)

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.

 

http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/53311/20080701/hawks_plan_to_match_offers_for_smith_childress/

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.

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