Leverage Needed

Chris Broussard wrote last week about the Atlanta Hawks lowballing Josh Smith: "Atlanta realizes Smith has no leverage (I'm told Europe is not on his radar), and while one could argue the Hawks are being smart financially, they're screwing up by creating bad blood with one of their main cogs."

In the wake of what happened with Josh Childress doesn't the clear solution here seem to be putting Europe on his radar? Smith could even choose, at the end of the day, to stay in the states for less money than what some Euro squad is offering him but if he's not happy with Atlanta's $57 million, six year deal he should see if someone is willing to pay him more. It's crazy to leave the option of Europe entirely off the table.