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The other side of the Josh Smith trade: “As a Hawks fan, would I be upset if the Hawks traded Josh Smith? Well, that depends. I like Josh, as a person and as a player, and I’m glad that he’s on my favorite team. But if trading Josh could make the Hawks a better team, then I understand the need to move him. I really don’t care whether or not they trade him, I just care about who or what they would trade him for. That said, to me it’s going to be tough to find anything resembling equal value for a 23-year-old who averaged 15.6 and 7.2 last season and is under a very reasonable contract for the next five years. More importantly, from what I understand, the Hawks really like Josh Smith.” [Lang Whitaker/SLAMOnline]
About darn time: “I can tell the Tribe’s Eric Wedge is as frustrated with his players as are many of the fans. While I normally don’t think it’s wise for a manager to call out his players individually in the media, it’s obvious that Wedge is tired to talking to them behind closed doors with no results — so he delivering the same message in the media.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]
Give ’em the heater, Ricky: “The evening is a celebration of the 20th year anniversary of Major League, and honestly, it’s one of the better promotions that any baseball team has pulled off in a while. Of course, the bad news is that it’s made all that much better by the fact that the team stinks — if they were decent, this would just be a blip in the road of a championship season.” [Will Brinson/Mouthpiece Sports]
Movin’ on up… “Former Buckeye quarterback Todd Boeckman, who was an All-Big Ten pick in 2007 before losing his job to Terrelle Pryor during last season, is getting a shot in the NFL. He has signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to his Beachwood-based agent, Neil Cornrich. Boeckman earlier had a tryout with Cincinnati but didn’t sign with the Bengals.” [Doug Lesmerises/Plain Dealer]
Ah, so these are what you consider tradeable assets: “Amar’e Stoudemire has been linked to more rumors than it’s possible to remember, but here’s a new one you probably haven’t heard before: Marc Spears of the Boston Globe cites an unnamed NBA executive who claims the Suns and Timberwolves are talking about swapping Stoudemire for Al Jefferson and the No. 6 pick.” [Matt Watson/NBA FanHouse]