Back in the 2010 free agency period, the argument for re-signing Joe Johnson to that enormous contract was to keep the Hawks’ “core” guys together. They figured that “Core Four” of Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Marvin Williams would continue to grow into… well, they thought it would do something.
They did have something resembling a point. Smith and Horford were both on the way up, Johnson was often able to get tough baskets when the team needed them, and Marvin was a decent role player, regardless of what you thought of his contract. That team won 53 games in 2010 and appeared to still be trending up.
Horford is now the only member of that group that is still on the team.
Smith agreed to sign with Detroit this afternoon, pulling down a contract worth $56 million over four years. The move ends Josh’s nine-year run with his hometown Hawks, the team that drafted him out of high school in the 2004 draft. Continue Reading…