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Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 5:25 pm  |  107 responses

Atlanta Hawks Reportedly Trade Joe Johnson to Brooklyn Nets


Looks like the Nets aren’t waiting for Dwight Howard’s situation to get resolved before making moves. According to Nets Daily, they just went ahead and traded for Joe Johnson, whose contract will have Brooklyn unable to re-sign Deron Williams and still make a deal for the Orlando big man this summer. More details: “The Nets have all but completed a trade for Joe Johnson, the six-time all-star, league sources tell NetsDaily. In return, the Hawks get expiring contracts and a first round pick. NOT included in the trade: MarShon Brooks and Gerald Green. The Nets also didn’t have to give up their own first round pick in the trade. The trade will not be finalized until July 11. Johnson, who is still owed $89.3 million over the next three years, was dealt 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.”

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  • https://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This is a coupe. You give up nothing, get back Joe. I hate Joe’s contract, but this is still a steal.

  • John

    dumb trade…he’s not worth 89 million for the next three years

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So they are going to likely resign Deron.
    They have Deron, Gerald, Joe Johnson, Brooks, Lopez and Green.
    That’s a playoff level squad in the East right now. And, if they can get Dwight to sign via free agency, they will be straight in the off season. I need to look at their cap numbers though.
    Joe Johnson is perfectly suited to being the second or third best player on your team. This is fact.

  • https://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Allen, they are basically folding on the hopes of getting Dwight. Unless they plan on jettisoning Gerald Wallace or Joe Johnson for nothing before free agency next year.

  • i_ball

    90 million??? Dude got paaaaid:)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    talent wise, this trade is awful. Get ready to see the Nets replace the Hawks in the playoffs this year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    They got a bunch of nobodies though and a protected pick.

  • CARTEL

    I agree, but I thought Deron and Howard would be a better fit. But being that I’m sure Deron was NOT gonna re-sign, they made that trade…Now I’m wondering if Deron will definitely go to Dallas now…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Deron Williams is definitely not going to Dallas now. New organization, new city, new fanbase. That, along with a line-up consisting of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, and Brook Lopez; with a bench of Gerald Green and Marshon Brooks. Damn. I really hope they don’t get Dwight Howard now, that team will be too good.

  • D12FSU

    wheres the $$ for Dwight(mare) going to come from now

  • https://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This trade was only going down if Brooklyn new Deron would resign. So basically, Deron Williams is resigning with Brooklyn. Dwight’s demands are irrelevant, he is not playing in Brooklyn. The Nets didn’t have the pieces to make a trade, and don’t have the patience to be horrible for another year while Deron goes to Dallas. Dwight to LA, Hou, or GS this year or Atlanta next summer (they now have a ton of money, and Dwight’s BFF Josh Smith) are most likely scenarios. Dwight to Dallas isn’t dead either.

  • Mariano

    I hope ATL starts rebuilding now. They are the perfect example of a team who’s always stuck in the middle

  • thor

    Well, I like this for the Hawks. Fact is that they were not going anywhere with that squad and especially not with Joe’s big azz contract which obviously limited them big time. Danny Ferry is doing what Sund couldn’t and that’s showing some guts. I love Joe Johnson, but his role was just wrong on this team. I’m not saying that Hawks are better off without him, cause they are not, but this was a good bold move for the long run. This is exiting!!

  • davidR

    i’m with you nbk (the real one?). joe’s contract is horrible, but the nets got him for nothing

  • https://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yea the real one lol

  • Myung

    So the going rate for a 6 time All Star shooting guard (one of the 5 best in the entire world right now) who’s still in his prime is a package full of scrubs (has been’s and never will be’s). And yet we’re supposed to be happy about this trade because the Joe contract (at least at the price we paid, which was some $30 million over his market value) never should have happened in the first place? I guess so. This is what it’s like to be a Hawks fan: you lose your (overpaid) best player for NOTHING, and you’re supposed to be happy. You’ve been one of the top 10 teams in the NBA for the past 4 seasons, yet because your ceiling is limited, you’re supposed to be thrilled because we can now rebuild again for the FOURTH time in the past 13 years (the Shareef and Jason Terry era, the Al Harrington era, the Joe Johnson and Josh Smith and Al Horford era, and now this). Seriously. This is life as a Hawks fan.

  • https://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really feel for Myung. That’s some tough ass sh*t to stay loyal through. At least you guys will have a ton of money next summer, in Dwight’s hometown, with Josh Smith on the roster. They may have become, by trading with the current favorites, the new favorites to land Dwight long term.

  • Brahsef

    Yeah can’t see how people are not likin this for the Nets. Joe’s contract sucks, but he’s way better than what they traded him for. And in two years, you can try and shop him as a huge expiring contract (unless for some reason they can’t. I’d still be for the trade though)

  • Myung

    Thanks for 7 great seasons. You were emotionless and for two seasons, overpaid… But you were the second best Hawks player of my lifetime (sad but true). I won’t miss your contract but will miss you, Joe.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I like this deal. No sense in waiting for Dwight’s soap opera BS, trade for JJ who is sitll a top flight SG in the league. Keep Deron and build with what you have. If they keep Deron they’re a top 4 team out East…maybe?

  • MeloMan15

    @Myung what a hard life you Hawks fans have? pshh… try being a Raptors fan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    They can resign DWill and trade Lopez,Brooks,Wallace, and Humphies or Green for Dwight and Hedo could that work out.

  • Myung

    It’s the rare win win trade. Brooklyn gets a 6 time all star at the tail end of his prime (one of the best shooting guards in the world, who also happens to play tremendous defense). he’s not a leader but won’t need to be if Deron re-signs. the nets would have a pretty sick core. and the Hawks dump a contract that was thought to be unmovable. we hit our ceiling last year as a second round team. it was time to blow it up. Sucks, but it was the only real option. Being bad is better than being perpetually mediocre.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    it could legally, but it can’t in terms of what Orlando will accept.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    I don’t know what to make of this trade. On the one hand, it’s known that Orlando’s owner wants veteran pieces in exchange for Howard, so the Nets might not be quite out of the Howard chase. On the other hand, Johnson may have talent but his might be the worst contract in the NBA. Without Howard, the Nets are setting themselves up to be no better than decent for the foreseeable future, even if Williams resigns. And if Deron’s out, they have two really overpaid players on a team full of nobodies. They better hope Lopez can develop into a guy who can grab more rebounds than Bargnani.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Dwight is probably Houston or LA-bound

  • thor

    Dagger, why would Orlando want veterans? They need to rebuild.

  • anonymous

    since brooklyn got JJ`s ridiculous contract on their salary now atlanta would be in a favorable position to trade for dwight and sign deron too. horford, teague & draft picks for dwight would probably suffice. I think dwight is from atl so he would be open to atl and if dwight goes there deron would consider it too. josh smith could also resign with atl if dwight and deron goes there

  • Mike

    So when the trade is finalized I’m expecting to see joe Johnson deron Williams and Jason Kidd right? That’s one hell of a backcourt

  • $tacks

    This hurts as a Hawks fan, but it is a good move. Hawks now have a LOT of money to sign new players. Maybe this will keep Josh Smith cool too, as he is now aware that he is not the focal point of the blame for the Hawks mediocrity. Horford seems loyal to the franchise, Keep him, Josh, and Teague and add two or more players if possible with all the money saved off this trade…

    Food for thought: Jamal Crawford is a free agent…. Might be coming back to ATL?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    now hearing this trade does not definitely mean Deron is resigning. Although that’s what everyone was originally saying.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If the nets get Howard the playoffs are a given. They would totally be New York’s team.

  • Myung

    I hope the Hawks fans here have the decency to give Joe a standing O when Brooklyn visits Atlanta next season. He deserves it. Just because he signed an absurd contract doesn’t mean HE did anything wrong. He played his heart out for our team and city for the 7 years he was here, and there’s not a person alive who would turn down a $126 million contract if a team tells you it wants to build completely around you. Jason Terry played so hard for us on several bad Hawks teams, and then he was traded to Dallas in a salary dump like this (we had to get rid of Alan Henderson’s terrible contract). JET was one of my favorite Hawks players ever, and when he came back into town, I got on my feet and cheered for him… but most of the fans in attendance BOOED him, like he was just another visiting player. That shows the collective basketball fan IQ of this city. I just hope they don’t do the same for Joe. He deserves better than that. His contract was a crippling blow for the franchise, but we still need to appreciate the 7 years he played for us, particularly in 2005, when no one else wanted to play here (that was after we won 13 total games in the 2004-05 season).

  • LA Huey

    Oh, man. This is pretty cool for the Nets and hilariously awful news for Dwight. Dude, finally decides where he wants to go and it immediately becomes an improbable trade destination.

  • sid

    brooklyn are now the atlanta hawks. gerald wallace at 6-7 is a sf making $10 mil for the next 4 yrs all guaranteed and j johnson`s natural position is also sf at 6-8. johnson is set to make $89.3 mil over the next 4 seasons so they now have 2 starting sfs who will take up abt $32 mil of their cap for the next 3-4 years. This trade his its pros and cons for both teams but I like atlanta finally clearing salary space so they can move on.

  • LA Huey

    I feel for Hawks fans though. I’d rather be a 2nd round team with a puncher’s shot at the Conference Finals for 4-5 years than spend the next 5 years rebuilding with no guarantee you’ll exceed the current ceiling.

  • Myung

    So if this trades goes through, the Hawks are CLEARLY rebuilding and will have a ton of salary cap room next year. That means we should be good again in 2 seasons, at the earliest? Had we kept Joe, we would’ve been able to dump his salary in the 5th year to a team wanting to acquire an expiring deal. So in reality, whether we traded him or not, by locking Joe into that ridiculous contract in July of 2010, we killed our chances of competing for years to come. I guess this trade just dropped the number from 5 years to 4? Is that really a win? I don’t know.

  • sid

    “has”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Myung, Atlanta immediately becomes MAJOR player in free agency and have 2 All Star Forwards (Horford is a forward imo). It’s pretty conceivable that they even make the playoffs (since the East is so top heavy) this season.

  • thor

    @Myung The hawks are not done dealing this year

  • Mike

    I’d be surprised if deron williams doesn’t sign here now though. Isn’t he giving up 27 mil if he leaves?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    roughly

  • MirChilly

    I could see ferry flipping that pick to the Rockets for Kevin Martin. Martin contract expires soon and a team of Teague, Martin, Josh, Al and Marvin is decent fringe playoff team. Plus it gives them the freedom to get Dwight next summer which will make the Hawks pretty scary

  • http://www.xvideos.com keep it real

    WOW!!! Billy King has proved me wrong…. They gonna have the best backcourt in the league with Williams and Johnson. A forward in Gerald Wallace that can defend and produce on the offensive end. The only question now is KNICKS VS. NETS ?? Also the hawks are looking like they trying to get shabazz

  • Blamo

    C Brook Lopez,PF Kris Humphries, SF Gerald Wallace, SG Joe Johnson, PG Deron Williams then marshon Brooks coming off the bench

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Hello Joe! I wouldn’t unpack if I were you….could be a possible sign and trade.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Thor: Orlando’s owner wants vets because he wants to win now. Why? He’s 86. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_DeVos

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to Dan Roundfield…
    An all time Hawk, and perhaps among the most underrated players of his generation.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Huey. This works out great for the Nets, horribly for Dwight Howard. Now I really hope Houston can snag him.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Marvin Illistrated trade for Devin Harris

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Marvin Williams traded for Devin Harris

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Thats crazy….

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Sweet. D Harris behind teague?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Devin Harris is expiring. He is not Atlanta’s 3rd best trade chip behind Horford and Smith. His $10M can get you a free-agent in a sign-and-trade or be included in a deal for Deight that rids Orlando of Hedo.

  • Drew

    The knowledge of the CBA on this board is nonexistent. Nets cannot sign or trade for Dwight now. If anything, the Joe Johnson trade is good for the Mavs. Boils down to whether you would rather play with Dirk (and possibly Dwight now) or JJ? Easy decision. Keep in mind, JJ’s contract isn’t going anywhere for the next few years. This Brooklyn team still won’t win.

  • Sam Chisholm

    well this is good for dallas fans because it means deron williams is now choosing between dirk nowitzki the 2011 finals mvp and mark cuban who will spend money to put a team around them plus the possibility of still playing with dwight in dallas after next season if hes not traded, or playing with joe johnson who is an offense killer that has never made it past the second round in the play-offs. dirk is 34 while johnson is 31 but johnson plays a much more punishing style. this doesnt seem like the nets are trying to build their team it seems like they are trying to get something to sell tickets in brooklyn because they think deron is leaving. this is not a championship callibor team like they would have been had they waited for dwight howard. not a smart trade.

  • Heals

    Sucks now, but Hawks are better for it. If you think this is bad Myung (figure of speech not saying you do, obviously you’ve been to this dance before), at least you guys got the dude traded, whereas Chi-town can’t even unload Boozer for 5 scrubs. Ditto on nbk about Horford at PF, dude is sooo underrated because he’s forced to play out of position. As for BK, I love the move given the circumstances their in (some because of their own doing) with needing to fill a new arena, establish the a brand and compete with the Knicks locally…

  • Heals

    If Dal comes up empty, then we gotta revisit letting Ty go to NY. Cube’s and Dal wanted DWill or Dwight (or both, but that was PeterPan dreaming). If they knew they would strike out, would they keep Dirk and Ty together? I only bring it up because I thought Chandler perfectly complimented Diggler’s game and could’ve for at least 3 years…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Uhm, taking into account the CBA, Deron Williams can make somewhere around $27 million dollars to resign in Brooklyn. Plus, Dallas is Dirk plus nobody. While New Jersey is Joe Johnson + 2 All Star Caliber guys. And everyone keeps talkin like Joe Johnson isn’t a very good player, is old (he’s 31), and guys dont like to play with him (Derrick Rose wanted JJ more than any player in 2010 FA Class) the last time he played a non primary role he lead the league in 3pt %, i think for almost any player Money + Being the Star Player + A Huge Market are more important than playing at home.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And Mikael Porkorov is the richest owner in ALL of professional sports. “mark cuban who will spend money to put a team around them “….lol

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I mean Mark Cuban does spend money to win and all, but if a guy TRADES FOR JOE JOHNSON he doesn’t give a flying squirrel f*ck about money.

  • Myung

    heals, it’s hard to fathom we’re giving away a 6 time All Star two guard (the position with the greatest scarcity in the NBA right now) and a guy who was picked over Chris Paul and Deron Williams……..for a bunch of scrubs, a 2013 first round pick, and Devin Harris. BUT I’m still happy that we’re finally re-building and that we were able to dump the seemingly un-dump-able contract. Seriously… if this trade goes through, the entire sports landscape should pay attention and it’s a very important point: EVERY single contract, no matter how bad it is, CAN be traded. You just have to find the right trading partner. When Joe signed that contract, I don’t think a person alive thought the Hawks could move him until he was at least 4 years into it. Seriously… no one ever mentioned another team having the guts, stupidity, and/or money to acquire that sort of contract. Yet it apparently is going to happen. Which should give fans of every team that has one or two players with TERRIBLE contracts a reason to hope. Again… all you need is a trading partner who will meet you halfway. The other teams in the League might scoff… all it takes is one. While I can’t believe we’re getting nothing back for Joe (except for major cap relief), I’m even MORE shocked that a team would seriously consider taking on his contract. It’s almost unfathomable.

  • MirChilly

    @ NBK… Very true! Nets ownership will make more money from the surrounding property and events at the arena than the actual team. The Nets just have to be playoff contenders. They needed a name and Joe gives them that

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Wait until BK fans witness Johnson’s terrible selection and the fact that the production and leadership one would expect to come along with his contract are nonexistent. NYC is not Arkansas or the ATL. Eventually the novelty of having a team in Brooklyn will wear off and fans will hold Johnson accountable.

  • sid

    atlanta is not done yet after trading joe johnson and marvin williams. I think theyre acquiring expiring contracts and another 1st rounder to go after dwight. dwight is from atlanta and good friends with j smoove who has one more year left on his contract. deron will likely wait to see if dwight is traded to dallas or somewhere else (possibly atlanta) before he makes the biggest decision of his career. deron has not committed to bk yet and it would be funny if he doesnt resign with bk. Sources say that: The Hawks-Nets trade is NOT contingent on Deron Williams staying with Nets

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    CORRECTION: My previous post should have read “terrible shot selection …” Whether Johnson is a terrible selection remains to be seen.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    CORRECTION: My previous post should have said “terrible shot selection …” Whether Johnson is a terrible or good selection remains to be seen.

  • sid

    since JJ will be getting over $20 mil a yr I wonder how much bk thinks deron`s asking price will be? theres only abt $65 mil available for each team to spend with the exception of the MLE. deron will at least want $20 mil. $20 mil (deron) + $20 mil (JJ) + $10 mil (g wallace) = financial trouble for bk. what about the other 12 players on the roster? how much is lopez set to make?

  • Trilla

    Horford, Teague (if not Teague then some expiring contracts), some picks, and Devin Harris for Dwight and Hedo? Would that work?

  • Heals

    Yeah Myung, I mean RashardLewis’s contract has been traded TWICE! In a way it’s like this was the perfect storm for Atl to be able hit the reset button (but at least you got a game saved with Teague, Horford and Smith) since BK can’t get DH12 via trade, can’t keep Deron without another “gun” to run with and their going to be changing locations/trying to acquire a new fan base…

  • Clydesays

    I like Joe’s game, but his passion for the game seems to come and go. And 89 mil? Are they still trying for Deron & Dwight? It’ll be those three and a very weak bench…

  • http://www.forbes.com/teams/miami-heat/ nbk

    Trilla it approximately, yea

  • Trilla

    Then that trade including Horford that I mentioned would make most sense. Howard’s from ATL so he most likely would resign, plus hes going to be paired up with Josh Smith which would make a scary ass front court. Orlando on the other hand can rebuild with a bunch of picks, a young Horford, expiring contracts, and Teague if hes included in the trade.

  • Trilla

    Or they can wait till 2013 to get Howard and Chris Paul. If not Paul then they could pursue Monta Ellis. Dwight Howard and Josh Smith with any of those two guards would definitely make them an elite team in the East.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    So this morning we woke up to the possibility of a Dwight trade to the Nets. Then Magic brass said they don’t want to tango with Brooklyn. So the Nets decide to get them a valuable asset. To keep Deron everyone assumes. But Deron wants Dwight. Is there something in the CBA that prevents the Nets from trading JJ along with Lopez for Dwight? Or Crash and Lopez?

  • sid

    @trilla “anonymous” already suggested such a trade at 6:17pm w/o harris but I would def include horford, teague, harris and maybe the 1st rounder they just received. it would probably have to be a 3-teamer since orl wouldnt want both pgs teague and harris. maybe bk as the 3rd team? the nets get teague or harris. atl get dwight (orl) and humphries (bk). deron, j smith, humphries, dwight and a 2nd guard starting yet to be announced would be an interesting starting 5.

  • sid

    @dutch I believe deron wants to play with dwight too but I get the feeling that orl will send dwight anywhere except for bk so king pulled the trigger on JJ thereby taking bk out of the running for dwight. I dont see how dwight can wind up in bk at all now and I think orl wants to trade him this offseason/summer so they wont have to go through the same old drama.

  • Groves

    Some will say he isn’t THAT guy, some will say he is. but the guy is a go-to scorer, a guy that can get his own shot. He should thrive assuming that Deron Williams comes back because the defenses can’t load up and deron will get him some extra easy points

  • Freak

    Wonder how angry the nets would be if deron signs with Atlanta now and teams with Dwight and smooth there Haha that would be a sick squad!

  • http://Wikipedia.org Grove Street

    I think the hawks did a wonderful job of getting ready for a quick and promising rebuilding process.

    Analytically…

    Are the NETS really capable of matching up with the HEAT?

    Deron Williams >>>> Mario
    Joe Johnson – Dwade (It’s hard to say based on Wade’s health recovery and if JJ thrives off Deron)

    Lebron >>>>>>>> G Wallace (Although Gerald does have potential to provide some good D on lebron)

    Chris Bosh > Kris Humprhies (But I really feel that now that Humphries will have a chance to focus solely on rebounding and defense so he could bully Bosh)

    Brook Lopez (healthy) >>>> Whoever Heat put at Center (Unless Eddy Curry, Pittman, Joel, Udonis Significantly improve)

    It’s really hard to say if Nets win the East. It’s contingent upon how the NETS gel and impact DWILL has. Plus if G. Green and Marshon provide great bench relief then NETS might have a chance of winning the East.

    I still give advantage to the HEAT only because Lebron is healthy and playing aggressive he makes everyone play a lot better around him.

    Unforutnatley, the Bulls are losing that depth with Omer Asik apparent departure.

    But Celts are making some big time moves. If everyone is healthy on the Celtics…. It might be next a celtics thunder finals.

    Thomas Robinson ROY

  • http://www.slamonline.com JTaylor21

    According to Forbes the Trailblazers Paul Allen has about 1 billion $ more than Prokorov

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    NBK: Paul Allen is richer than Prokhorov (13 billion to 14 billion). I’m just trying to imagine the Hawks with Dwight, Hortford and Smith. Now that’s a core that could win the east.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd
  • http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4690446/delonte-west-awaits-deron-williams-dominoes Redd

    Click my name, Deron Williams is going to the Nets. Congrats, not a bad team.

  • http://www.forbes.com/teams/miami-heat/ nbk

    Conflicting stuff when you google net worth. You google them Porkhorov goes anywhere from 13-18 billion. Either way, he willing to spend spend spend just as much as anyone.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4690147/delonte-west-recruits-deron-williams-on-twitter Redd

    Actually now click it. If another comment gets posted, ignore it please, it’s ‘awaiting..yadayada’. Delonte West singlehandedly got rid of D Will. That’s talent.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C0vd-L5lg Munky

    BREAKING NEWS: I just smashed heals mom.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    ^shouldn’t post on here.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    ^Idiot

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C0vd-L5lg Munky

    ^^After I smashed yours.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C0vd-L5lg Redd

    The Nets will actually have a decent core with Lopez Johnson and Deron. The thing is, Deron’s temper may not sit well with JJ.

  • Rainman

    Give new atlanta hawk gm some credit tho, he got rid of 2 horrivle contracts within days of taking over. (Marviin and joe) as a result, a team that was going nowhere, can probably rebuild, and continue to keep josh smiths services cuz he’d have to be” the man” and i think he’d like that, and as a result settle down on his wishes to move.

  • LaKid

    Still hearing a lot about Dwight to Nets.. BK would give Lopez, MarShon, Wallace and some picks and it would be a massive sign and trade.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Two great trades for the Hawks. Time to rebuild and become a player in free agency when Dwight and CP3′s contracts expire.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    #atlshawty

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Mom jokes, mad lame.

  • ALD

    i think joe johnson will flourish or at least play his role. He was the hawks point guard and primary scorer… Hopefully deron can get him to stop shootin so many fadeaways

  • Heals

    Good back-up Redd…

  • Trilla

    Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace, Marshon Brooks, and some picks for Dwight Howard is a great trade. The Nets of course get Dwight Howard but the Magic in return get Lopez and Brooks to build around and also a veteran in Gerald Wallace, not to mention the picks. I don’t see how the Magic could get a better trade.

  • sid

    @trilla I dont know if billy king still thinks he has a real shot of landing dwight but thats a decent trade that should be considered by both parties. if bk could get dwight via trade, resign deron and convince JJ to take a pay cut that would clear up much needed cap space so they can sign a 2nd starting guard and add a few more pieces to the bench they would already be serious contenders in 2012-13.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    this nets team is both competitive and intriguing but as the team is, they can’t sign dwight but can still trade for him…smart.

  • Zackotsu

    dafuq! this is the dumbest trade ever..joe for 5 players..wow just wow..i guess deron is going to Dallas then..

  • Sam

    I wonder if they’ve obtained joe so they can trade him, lopez and maybe a 2nd rounder for dwight and j rich? just a suggestion

  • BallsDeep

    Bad trade. Johnson is nothing. ATL were smart to get rid of him. 89mill. Sheez. Can Brooklyn still get Williams and Howard after this?

  • L Dribble

    Or have Hawks cleared room for D12 to run with his best mates Morrow and J.Smith?

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    i wonder if the resign humphries now, who shouldnt be cheap neither. coz then theyd only be able to build a mediocore 8th seed team for years to come. i really dont get the johnson move

  • http://www.facebook.com/wealwayswin Hersey

    This is a steal. Brooklyn can make the playoffs with this roster and that’s a decent start in their fancy new digs and black and white jerseys.

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