Before last week's trade deadline it almost seemed certain the Hawks would trade away free agent-to be Josh Smith. It was almost as if he was saying his good byes to his hometown in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline and the inevitable seemed to be happening.
The same could be said for Utah with both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson getting set to hit free agency.
The conventional wisdom around the league is that when you know you will not be able to afford to retain the services of a solid player like Smith, Jefferson and Millsap in free agency, you trade them for as many assets as you can get rather than lose them for nothing.
So how did all three of these players remain on their teams without any reassurrance that they would remain in their respective cities?
The simple answer is the teams did not want to fall out of the Playoff race. The more complex answer, as Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld explains, is that the teams did not want to lose the money that comes from makin...