The Atlanta Hawks have traded scoring guard Willie Green to the Los Angeles Clippers for the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis in a sign and trade deal. Sofoklis Schortsanitis has recently signed a three year deal with a team in Athens (Panathinaikos), so he probably won't ever suit up in a Hawks jersey.
The benefit for the Atlanta Hawks is that they gain a trade exception which is reportedly worth between $1.65 million and $2.75 million, which is said to be Green's first year's salary with the Los Angeles Clippers. The trade exception expires one year from the date of the deal and it allows Atlanta the option of acquiring a player (via trade) while being over the salary cap without meeting the normal salary matching requirements.
So again, Hawks GM Danny Ferry has found ways for Atlanta to work the numbers and possibly get players into the city where many said that this team would be strapped for cash for years. The buzz about the Atlanta Hawks has to be high amongst NBA players, this is an attractive city because so many players have ties here, but word on the street was that no one wanted to fool with the management. Well, all of that has changed so…(more on that topic later!)
Willie Green averaged 7.6 points for the Hawks last season and came off of the bench to provide some solid scoring.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis was drafted in 2003 by the Clippers but never played during the regular season. He did suit up for the Clippers in the 2010 summer league team and was listed as 6'9" and 345 pounds. (Yeah, 345 lbs!!!)
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