Atlanta Hawks: Hawks trade Willie Green for rights to Greek center Schortsanitis

Hawks GM Danny Ferry gained some more of the financial flexibility he covets by sending Willie Green to the Clippers in a sign-and-trade for the rights to Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis.

Schortsanitis signed a three-year contract with Athens club Panathinaikos earlier this month so chances are he won’t be joining Atlanta’s roster. The value for the Hawks in the deal is gaining a trade exception in the amount of Green’s first-year salary with the Clippers, which wasn’t immediately known.

Update: According to ESPN.com’s John Hollinger, the exception is worth between $1.65 million and $2.75 million.

A trade exception works as a sort of credit that would allow the Hawks to make a trade while over the salary cap without meeting the usual salary-matching requirements. The credit expires one year from the date of the trade.

The Clippers selected Schortsanitis in the second round of the 2003 draft. He was listed at 6-9 and 345 pounds while playing for the Clippers’ summer league entry in 2010. Schortsanitis played for Olympiacos and Maccabi before joining Panathinaikos.

Green signed with the Hawks before last season and went on to post a career-best year in scoring efficiency. His 1.04 points scored per possession (on 395 possessions used) ranked 24th in the league, according to Synergy Sports Technology.

Like pretty much every key Hawks reserve, Green struggled to score in the playoffs against the Celtics. In addition, Green’s defensive weaknesses–too slow to handle quicker opponents, too small to check bigger foes–were magnified during that series.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

219 comments Add your comment

UGA

July 30th, 2012
6:24 pm

Question: Could the Hawks use this exception and a player or something in a sign-n-trade with the Bucks for Delfino? Just an example. Thanks

i_am_soulstar

July 30th, 2012
6:25 pm

Dan the man strikes again. Welcome back MC

ntrigue

July 30th, 2012
6:33 pm

Michael Cunningham

July 30th, 2012
6:33 pm

@UGA: “Could the Hawks use this exception and a player or something in a sign-n-trade with the Bucks for Delfino? Just an example. Thanks”

yes, for instance.

@i_am_soulstar: thanks

Jeff

July 30th, 2012
6:35 pm

MC – Hope Vacation was nice !!! What do you see as potential additional moves with this roster/if any?
Thanks

Jeff

July 30th, 2012
6:40 pm

Any chance he can come to the Hawks? he could be a beast. Check this guy out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f_x9obHeOg

GT Alum

July 30th, 2012
6:41 pm

Given the Hawks’ newfound financial flexibility, I assume this is another trade asset. I love how active Ferry has been so far. He’s stockpiling assets for the future while trying to build a competitive team now.

PEDRO EL GITANO

July 30th, 2012
6:47 pm

Por favor intenten convencer a Sofo para que juegue con nosotros este mismo año!!!en Europa es determinante.Si esta opción falla traigamos a Chris Andersen.

BC

July 30th, 2012
6:55 pm

Is there any chance that “Shortsanitis” will ever see a NBA regular season roster? Ours or any other team?

No Free Throws

July 30th, 2012
6:55 pm

Oh, come on…. That name looks like something that a chimp would type on an iPad. :) I wonder how many Greeks could spell “Sofoklis Schortsanitis”. Too bad he’s not expected to play for the Hawks — we could use a 345-lb center (assuming he could actually PLAY the game)…!!!

Mo Better Blue

July 30th, 2012
7:00 pm

” Sofklis Schortsantis ” sounds like a bad acne disease or foot fungus or something…i’m just saying…Anyhow, DAN THE MAN delivers yet again with another base hit…..hopefully this will lead to a GRAND SLAM trade in the future…..GO DAN !!

Michael Cunningham

July 30th, 2012
7:02 pm

@Jeff: thanks, fam reunion was nice 96 folks from all over. . . . not sure on next Hawks move seems pretty quiet. they do still have the one open roster spot.

Knowledge

July 30th, 2012
7:18 pm

Homework y’all. This is the big man that destroyed the US in 09. He is still only 27. You should hope he comes over here.

Luke Cage

July 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Nique

July 30th, 2012
7:23 pm

Hey MC,

What are the Hawks thinking at SF, I wish they would have gone after Brewer or Kirolinko. Korver’s not a starter, so any news or buzz around this? Any interest in Josh Howard?

Luke Cage

July 30th, 2012
7:23 pm

Still would like to see another Defensive minded SF.

tjhook

July 30th, 2012
7:25 pm

can’t be mad at height even if it is the likes of Priest Lauderdale. Have to give it the once over. But the goal (in my mind) is to bring in Al thornton. Saw on his twiter page that he traveled to Phoenix. I hope that is not his team of choice. Stay in state, buddy. Summary: Yes, I think Thornton has great upside.

Thunder Dan

July 30th, 2012
7:26 pm

a 6′9″ center, huh? that means a short guy that cannot dribble or shoot – just what the HAWKS need. I’m sure this trade was more about the trade exception than the greek god though.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 30th, 2012
7:35 pm

MC, how much trade value does Schortsanitis have in your opinion?

NiquedaFreak

July 30th, 2012
7:37 pm

I am w/ tjhook.. lets get thorton .. ferry is doing well so far..

Najeh Davenpoop

July 30th, 2012
7:41 pm

In a subsequent trade, I mean.

Hawks_Tar Heel

July 30th, 2012
7:44 pm

With all the moves Danny Ferry is making, most intelligent individual should be able to see that he does have a long term plan in place. However, with that said, the plan HAS to include 2 superstars, if not 3, in order to make this Hawks team an annual championship contender. The NBA has turned into a Elite 8 league and if you dont have 2 or more 20+ppg players on your team, you have NO CHANCE at winning a title. Being a life-long Hawks fan, I dont want an ownership group, or GM who is okay with making the playoffs. I want a team, a GM, and an ownership group who feels like its either championship or bust like the Lakers, Celtics, and Bulls teams of old. I love Josh’s will to win, love Al’s heart, but if we are ever going to compete for a title, we need to decide which one to keep, and move forward.

I can’t overstate how huge it would be for the Hawks to get a Dwight Howard, or a CP3, or an Andrew Bynum, when we have foundered with poor attendance and embarrassing TV ratings; symbolized by Ryan Cameron, and everybody else in the gym, begging somebody, anybody, to cheer during regular season games when you can count more of the other team’s jerseys in attendance than Hawks jerseys… or, for that matter, playoff games. This would finally, after 40 years of being an afterthought in this sports market — four decades in which we have yet to make an Eastern Conference finals — establish this city as a place that matters, a Hawks game as a worthwhile endeavor and, perhaps, this franchise as something more than an occasional diversion from college football. We can be Atlanta’s Air Force all over again, but its up to ASG and Danny Ferry to bring this plan into fruition. GO HAWKS!

Wink

July 30th, 2012
7:44 pm

Things have gone quiet again at the old ASG! Hope it’s not business as usual, you know save cash in house and put it in the piggy bank. They are still banking cash and not bringing in what we need SF & C.

Meanwhile, back at the old NBA Free Agent Ranch, we have not gone after any free agent worth anything other than Lou, but we are stock piling guards. Josh & Horford still need help inside.

Hope Korver is not the bargain basement answer for SF or a D Leaguer. Danny has secured his job by dumping & stashing the JJ & Marvin salaries…now Green, plus the trade exemption from last year, the 3 mil we got when we sold a draft pick, and the dumping of our last two years of number 1 draft picks…Crawford & Benson…

What substantial additions have we made recently…Jamal Crawford and Lou William…via the 6th man program…when will the Hawks, Danny address SF & C….the Free Agent pool is bone dry now??????

H4L

July 30th, 2012
7:48 pm

M.C. welcome back, hope your vacation was good and you were missed around here.

Jay

July 30th, 2012
7:49 pm

I didn’t know we could even trade Willie, I thought he was a free agent. In any event, good trade…Willie Green had no future on this guard-heavy roster, and the trade exception is just another piece we can dangle to hopefully get some more talent in here.

falCans

July 30th, 2012
7:57 pm

Ferry strikes again!! @ Wink, ya gotta be patient my guy. Trust he knows, as does evrybody else, that we need a SF

Michael Cunningham

July 30th, 2012
8:15 pm

blog updates with John Hollinger reporting Green trade exception likely worth between $1.65 and $2.75 mil.

Michael Cunningham

July 30th, 2012
8:18 pm

@Nique: “Hey MC, What are the Hawks thinking at SF, I wish they would have gone after Brewer or Kirolinko.”

not really sure but Kirilenko was definitely our of their price range if the goal is to maintain max cap space for next summer.

Rick

July 30th, 2012
8:18 pm

I think we will see McGrady back @ SF which is not a bad move I dont think. Any other suggestions?

Michael Cunningham

July 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

@Najeh: “MC, how much trade value does Schortsanitis have in your opinion?”

very little. i don’t see him ever coming to the league.

Michael Cunningham

July 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

@H4L: thanks, appreciate it.

SuckerFree

July 30th, 2012
8:31 pm

This puts us over the top!!!! Championship caliber

Sautee

July 30th, 2012
8:34 pm

Isn’t it amazing just how little Rick Sund did in 4 years compared to Ferry in 4 weeks.

A Pro-active GM. What a concept.

Jim Robinson

July 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

Yawn. Excuse me. This was, of course, not a trade for the ages, but at least Ferry is doing something to stir up the team and the faithful fans. By the way, did we have an entry in the summer NBA rookie league (Las Vegas)? I saw no coverage in the AJC.

SuckerFree

July 30th, 2012
8:40 pm

LOL @ people thinking this guy is coming to the team….the boy is an out of shape scrub because if he was any good he’d been in the NBA already…he was drafted in 2003.

Danny Ferry, good job getting something for Willie Green since he wasn’t in the plans anyway.

We get a trade exception and some chump we never have to see or pay. BRILLIANCE.

Now bring in a decent SF who can defend and knock down a three/do the intangibles and we’ll be straight.

Drizzy

July 30th, 2012
8:41 pm

Damn, he could be a beast (haha baby Shaq)
Good video find @Jeff

steven a smith

July 30th, 2012
8:46 pm

SuckAFree

July 30th, 2012
8:40 pm

SuckAfree has sight but no vision. Did you get that SUCKA? The general manager is playing “Chess” while you can only handle “checkers”
Does this make sense to you?

Astro Joe

July 30th, 2012
8:49 pm

Dude is a Greek Michael Sweetney. Between his buy-out and his gut-out, his trade value is probably slightly worse than Patrick O’Bryant’s.

Now let’s wait and watch Ferry turn that exception into a decent SF.

Ra'mon

July 30th, 2012
8:49 pm

Ferry is making magic out of nothing. In a deal where he would lose Green anyway because he has no desire to sign him. He ends up getting a trade exception for him, while putting Green in a good situation, which player’s agents remember when dealing with their other clients (players). I’m convinced Ferry has talked to more GMs in this off season than Sund talked to GMs in his entire tenure here.

SuckerFree

July 30th, 2012
8:58 pm

Steven A. Smith…..learn how to read critically.

“Danny Ferry, good job getting something for Willie Green since he wasn’t in the plans anyway.

We get a trade exception and some chump we never have to see or pay. BRILLIANCE.”

yeah there it is boy

Redneck Convert (R--and ;proud of it)

July 30th, 2012
8:59 pm

Well, I’m seeing some up side here. Sure, the guy’s too short to play center and he can’t dribble and run around. But at 345 lbs. he weighs almost as much as the missus. If he ever falls on an opponent after going up for a rebound,. we got ‘em outnumbered 5-4 and we’ll put all our opponents on the IR sooner or later.

Bossmann

July 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

MC, I have been reading some news about the Pistons looking to trade Austin Daye. Could the above move possibly be a prelude to us going after the 6′11 SF? I also read that the Hawks were interested in the Summer League Hotrod Malcolm Thomas. Is there anymore news about their chances of luring him in?

Leon

July 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

I am thinking Josh, Al and ZaZa will be starting at 3,4 and 5 when the season opens. It is looking more and more like Josh will be our Small Forward.

Me

July 30th, 2012
9:06 pm

Wow. Some of you really need to read and understand. The trade exception is for Green. Schortsanitis will notnow or ever play for Atlanta. Ferry will use the Exception in trade. Strictly a money move.

[...] Green, though, isn’t well regarded as a defensive player. Atlanta Journal Constitution Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham had this to say: [...]

steven a smith

July 30th, 2012
9:20 pm

Me

July 30th, 2012
9:06 pm

“Wow” you are one of the few people that get it. What was your FIRST CLUE “me”?

infamouskrs

July 30th, 2012
9:23 pm

think about the possibilty of securing a top five draft pick and still having enough money to score two diamonds in next years free agent pool to put alongside either Josh or AL, or maybe both. I could deal with an off year in 2013 to make this happen…

Danga

July 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

Welcome back MC!

The silverman

July 30th, 2012
9:35 pm

6′9″ 345 can this guy play guard for the Falcons?

GT Alum

July 30th, 2012
9:36 pm

Wink -

Ferry is just trying to build a competitive team this year while trying to stockpile assets and cap space to build a title contender in the future. You don’t remake your team into a title contender overnight unless you have Kevin McHale gift you Kevin Garnett or can convince a guy who definitely could get a max contract and a guy who might’ve gotten a max contract to take less money to try to build a championship team, and there weren’t even those kind of guys on the market this year.