I'm not counting on him being a factor in the playoffs, just because the conditioning would be rough for any player after this much time away from the court. But it would be huge; they could use his double-doubles now more than ever.
Would a trade of Horford and our 1rst to No for their 2 1rst round picks do it for you?
Maybe draft Drummond with the top pick and PJ3 with the second 1rst rounder?
This does ruin my Tony Wroten plan though. It should also open up the room needed to make a run at DH after 2012/2013..... Assuming we find a taker for Marv's player option year or we convince him to opt out.
Calling Al "expendable" is the wrong way to view this situation. The reason why Al or Josh is likely to get traded this offseason isn't because of lack of height or on-court limitations, it's because of escalating salaries (specifically Joe's). Less sexy version of the Lakers' issue -- having to trade Pau this upcoming offseason since Kobe's salary is about to go through the roof even though he's in decline.
The Hawks have two athletic bigs who can pass, score, defend, and (usually) never get hurt -- that gives them an advantage over most teams if the coach works the matchups correctly. Al is a 16p/10r per game player and hasn't even entered his prime yet, while Josh is finally reaching his potential to some extent. Both of them are young, but the finances are a problem.
It's messed up that they would have to get rid of one of the two good young players entering their prime just because they might be unwilling to publicly admit a mistake by dumping another player (Joe) who has been in sharp decline the past three seasons, but that's the bed they made for themselves.
Yeah expendable is the wrong word and I understand the premise and idea around trading him so it just about preference for ownership between these two guys. I think as everyone has said that they can agree that without getting a "superstar" to play with Al then your going to have to trade one of them.