Michael Garcia - July 3, 2012
The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly agreed to send their leading scorer Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a boatload of players.
According to NetsDaily, the Hawks shipped off Johnson for Anthony Morrow; Jordan Farmar, who will be bought out at Atlanta's expense; Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, a signed-and-traded DeShawn Stevenson and the Rockets 2013 lottery protected first round pick.
That's a ton, but Johnson is probably worth it. Atlanta year in and year out has been a lot of people's sexy sleeper pick to go deep in the playoffs, but they just couldn't get over the hump, so they must be ready to rebuild. Brooklyn also was able to keep MarShon Brooks and Gerald Green.
Whether or not this move makes it enticing enough for Deron Williams to stick around remains to be seen. It seems like it would be the first in a series of moves trying to get room to trade for Dwight Howard, but Johnson is still owed $89.3 million over the next three years. Odd. Maybe Johnson turns around and gets traded again to Orlando once this trade is finalized on July 11th.
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