The Kings have agreed in principle to trade Mike Bibby to the Atlanta Hawks for guards Anthony Johnson and Tyronn Lue and forwards Lorenzen Wright and Sheldon Williams.
The deal is contingent upon league approval that could come as early as today, and there is a 1 p.m. conference call scheduled between the two teams and league officials. If you need a point guard, pick up Beno Udrih right away. It's possible veterans Johnson and Lue will poach too many of his minutes, but it's worth owning him until we're sure.
Source: Sacramento Bee
Wow. That definitely came out of nowhere.
Great deal for the Hawks. They basically turned a bust of a pick in Shelden Williams and 3 expiring deals attached to players with no future on the team into a quality PG in Mike Bibby. Add him to Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams and Al Horford and that is a nice lineup. And if Bibby opts out this summer and leaves, no big deal for them. All it cost them was the aforementioned bust.
Not to mention that even if Bibby doesn't opt out after this season, he only has 1 more year left on his deal ($14 million). This allows time for Acie Law IV to develop off the bench rather than rush him into the starting role. If Bibby stays on the team for 2008-2009 and then leaves, Law IV should be ready to be a starter for the 09-10 season.
PF- Josh Smith
SF- Marvin Williams
SG- Joe Johnson
PG- Mike Bibby
Bench: Josh Childress, Acie Law, Pachulia, and Claxton.