The Hawks and Nets have agreed to terms on a trade that would send All-Star guard Joe Johnson to Brooklyn for multiple players with expiring contracts and a first-round draft pick, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
Trades can’t be officially consummated until the NBA moratorium ends on July 11 but the person said the Hawks and Nets have agreed on the framework of a deal. The person said in exchange for Johnson, the Hawks would receive Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and Jordan Williams. Atlanta also would receive the lottery-protected, 2013 first-round draft pick that the Nets acquired in a trade with the Rockets.
Williams is meeting with the Nets and Mavericks today. The Nets plan to pair Johnson with Williams and re-sign free-agent center Brook Lopez to form the core of the team when it plays its first season in Brooklyn in 2012-13.
How bad did Atlanta want out from under the $90 million remaining on Joe Johnson’s contract? Real bad. They took back a pool of mediocre players with expiring contracts. The lottery protected draft pick (via Houston) is mediocre, too.
This likely takes the Nets out of the running for Dwight Howard (suck on that DH).
Josh Smith has to be the next domino to fall in Atlanta. He wasn’t happy before the deal. Might Danny Ainge be interested in Smith and his one year, $13 million contract?