Both Gooden and Smith are miles better than Mikki Moore. Danny jumped the gun.
I'm guessing that Smith ends up in Cleveland and that Gooden goes to San Antonio.
Let's not get carried away. A healthy Gooden is definitely better than Moore (although a lot of everyone's defensive complaints about Moore would be just as true with Gooden). But Smith and Moore are not that far apart, skill-wise. And when you have a situation where Moore is already bought out, and there are no signs that Smith will be bought out, you don't wait around to see what transpires. Especially when Cleveland has the benefit of more $$ to offer.
Now if Danny really believes that Smith or Gooden can help out a lot, I'm sure he won't hesitate to cut either Pruitt or Giddens and make a play for them. But he still made the right decision by signing Moore, IMO.
Skills-wise, Smith is a better rebounder and defender, and a more consistent jump shooter. He is significantly better than Mikki Moore. Moore is an energy guy who is efficient offensively, but he's a poor rebounder, poor defender, and mediocre jump shooter.
Gooden is better offensively and a better rebounder than both, but he's lazy on defense. However, I don't think he's any worse than Moore is; Moore simply tries harder.
I don't think Danny made the right decision at all. It was fairly obvious that Smith was going to get bought out, and there were strong rumors about Gooden. Unless Danny had specific information that buyouts were *not* going to happen, I would have preferred that Danny wait. Moore is an upgrade over POB, but he's still the fifth best big in our rotation, in my opinion. Smith or Gooden would have contended for the role of first big off the bench.