Atlanta Hawks: Hawks agree to trade Joe Johnson to New Jersey, Marvin Williams to Utah

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.

Update: The Hawks also have agreed to trade forward Marvin Williams to Utah for point guard Devin Harris, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.

Trades can’t be officially consummated until the NBA moratorium ends on July 11 but the person said the Hawks have agreed on the framework of the deals with the Nets and Jazz.

The person said in exchange for Johnson, the Hawks would receive Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and Jordan Williams from the Nets. 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.

It was initially believed Atlanta’s deal with the Nets is contingent on Williams agreeing to re-sign with Brooklyn but multiple reports now say the agreement will remain in place even if Williams decides to go elsewhere.

If the deal goes through, the Hawks would be left with less talent but with more ability to make major moves in the future after shedding Johnson’s contract. Such flexibility was the stated goal of Hawks GM Danny Ferry after he was hired last week.

Johnson, 31, is owed nearly $90 million over the final four years of a contract he signed in summer 2010. It was the richest contract in the league at the time, though Derrick Rose now is owed more than Johnson since signing a contract extension.

The Hawks could be in position to clear roughly $30 million in salary-cap space after the 2012-13 season. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are among the players eligible to become free agents next summer.

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Melvin

July 2nd, 2012
7:48 pm

Rod from College Park
July 2nd, 2012
7:40 pm

Got rid of Joe, got rid of Marvin, AT THE SAME DAMN TIME

Put Danny Ferry on 2 Chainz Remix…

aints=Dung

July 2nd, 2012
7:48 pm

There ya go, the foundation for a championship!!

glw

July 2nd, 2012
7:49 pm

Cant believe they moved Marvin, not that Im complaining, I cant believe it was a straight up deal, IM sure we had to send them a draft pick or something , if they took Marvin straight up for Harris, Utah are straight up fools!!!!

BLODUS

July 2nd, 2012
7:50 pm

Let’s not make the playoffs this year, get a lottery pick…..get a good player there, sign D12, CP..Championship. We’ll have really good players at every position, we’ll have Dynastyyy hehehe

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
7:50 pm

Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine
Besides how Hawks now in play for Dwight, either via trade or 2013 free agency, story details how Josh Smith has been moved by Ferry’s moves
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Here’s the link to the Stein story on ESPN which I’m assuming will be updated.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8124428/atlanta-hawks-trade-marvin-williams-utah-jazz-devin-harris-according-sources

Sounds from that tweet like the Hawks may be changing Josh’s mind.

random

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

stop the saying trade josh smith already, if we trade smith dwight for sure isnt signing here

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

Haha @ all these “same damn time” posts.

Slimjr

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

D12 coming Home YA’LL!

tjhook

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

To all of you people talking about trade Smoove- NO! Smoove plays hard and wants to win, just needs a stronger hand. This is his show me year. By the way, I hope Danny Ferry takes a look at Rudy Gay for an acquisition. We have three point guards – one of them has to go.

alpha male

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

This city has no loyalty for losers

really?? see Braves, UGA, and Falcons for details…

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

The flurry of action, after years of restraint from the Hawks, has also made a fast impression in Smith, sources said. Smith had been vocal for months about wanting to be dealt, but sources told ESPN.com that the swingman is excited about the direction Ferry has taken things in his brief time in charge.

“He’s changed the whole perception of the organization,” one source said.

YES

July 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

SIGN D12 NEXT YEAR, RESIGN SMOOVE, GET A SG IN LOTTERY!!!

ATL GOT THIS!!!

Matt

July 2nd, 2012
7:52 pm

Lets Hope the Braves can do the same thing this off season. Get a New GM and Start over with them

Lacsho

July 2nd, 2012
7:52 pm

Wow, I think we found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Damn, Ferry got me getting my money right for a nice ticket package. The ownership has shown humility and they are finally using their heads. This is turning into a great summer.

alpha male

July 2nd, 2012
7:52 pm

Howard and Smith…thats just what the Hawks need…2 selfish headcases…

prison mike

July 2nd, 2012
7:53 pm

What else can Ferry do Josh, sign long term and get some of your buddies here ie Dwhite, Paul and let’s stick to these gay Heat players.

I can't believe it's happening

July 2nd, 2012
7:53 pm

Am I dreaming? I need to wake up and check my sheets….

Kane337

July 2nd, 2012
7:53 pm

Wow Marvin Williams gone too?????? SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!

Lacsho

July 2nd, 2012
7:53 pm

AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!!!!

ryan

July 2nd, 2012
7:53 pm

When did ASG wake up Danny Ferry is the man !

@atlsportsfan4eva

July 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

This Blog is blowing up. Great moves today DannyBoy.

Slimjr

July 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

The question now: when is D12 coming Home Ya’ll? Hmmmmmm

not never, or how..”When” is the operative word……

King Danny is a great multi-tasker!

Absolute Baller!

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

I am getting way ahead of myself, but it would be pretty funny if Danny Ferry built the team that took LeBron’s Heat down in the East.

Carpio7

July 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

Danny was just getting rid of Joe and Marvin. He plans to pair Dwight and Josh together. It’s the only way to get Dwight to come back to Atlanta!

Teague.
Stevenson.
Smith.
Horford.
Howard.

Miami, Chicago, Boston, or whoever is it can not beat a team that stacked defensively. They can all score points as well.

@atlsportfan4eva

July 2nd, 2012
7:55 pm

What’s next on the list?

Nate ArchiBALL

July 2nd, 2012
7:55 pm

tyger

July 2nd, 2012
7:56 pm

Welcome to the 2013 Lottery…

LD just went from a .500+ winning coach to the .200…
The half empty arena just got emptier…
The buzz just went silent…

Let’s look to next year:
Which rookie will carry us to the promised land?
Which Free Agent?

This year’s class was deep but devoid of stars…
None of these guys better than Marvin…
Next years FA: Chris Paul and DHoward…

Who would touch either one of them?
DHoward is a drama queen…
Chris Paul is slow and fat…
Did it do the Magic or Clips any good?

Just have to wonder aloud…
How much losing can a fragile ATL mkt withstand?…

HAPPY HAWK

July 2nd, 2012
7:57 pm

GREAT DEAL LONG OVERDUE!!!!!!!!!!!

Astro Joe

July 2nd, 2012
7:57 pm

I guess all it took were a few phone calls, huh? The next few weeks should be interesting, Hawks have more guards than the Queen of England.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

July 2nd, 2012
7:58 pm

Please DO NOT let Sund remain with this franchisd

Harry Hawk

July 2nd, 2012
7:58 pm

Oh, Danny Boy, the fans, the fans are cheering…

honest_abe

July 2nd, 2012
7:58 pm

i can’t stop smiling.

ryan

July 2nd, 2012
7:58 pm

Spurs have got to be thinking why did let Ferry go .

Drizzy

July 2nd, 2012
7:59 pm

We definitely gettin CP3 and Dwight next summer… This is ONE of my best moments as a Hawks fan, Bye Joe and Marvin…!

julius

July 2nd, 2012
8:00 pm

great move Mr Ferry now lets find a real nba coach and a good center

3d

July 2nd, 2012
8:00 pm

90 million?????????????????????

UGA

July 2nd, 2012
8:00 pm

As of now, Devin Harris will start at the 2 like an Avery Bradley type…….read we have interest in Ebanks

Lacsho

July 2nd, 2012
8:01 pm

” Hawks have more guards than the Queen of England”

AJ, I have to give you the best One Liner in Years!!!!!

Slimjr

July 2nd, 2012
8:01 pm

BILL LAIMBEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Big Ray

July 2nd, 2012
8:02 pm

Marvin for one year of Devin? I’ll take it. If nothing else, we have a quick dang backcourt for one year, if a small one.

Lacsho

July 2nd, 2012
8:02 pm

We need a Beast at Small forward, and we’ll be good this year.

Jay Dubu

July 2nd, 2012
8:03 pm

random

Josh already said he wants out of ATL, and he’s a free agent after next season. So Josh will be leaving for a market where he thinks the fans and the organization wants to win a title.

Tremaine

July 2nd, 2012
8:04 pm

I rather have Howard and Horford.

Lacsho

July 2nd, 2012
8:04 pm

Josh is now without a doubt the best player on this team. We should get rid of LD around X-Mas!!!

Big Ray

July 2nd, 2012
8:05 pm


Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
7:54 pm

I am getting way ahead of myself, but it would be pretty funny if Danny Ferry built the team that took LeBron’s Heat down in the East.

I’m gonna file this one away. Because if you’re right…then it deserves to be remembered, LOL.

The Real cp

July 2nd, 2012
8:05 pm

LOL@Devin Harris being a natural pg. What Devin Harris have you been watching the past few years? Dude is a scoring guard. I like the move but Harris is not the same player he once was. I think he becomes trade bait at the deadline or they just let his contract expire.

Big Ray

July 2nd, 2012
8:06 pm

Lacsho !

Good to see ya still kickin, bruh…how’s ya boy?

wcj

July 2nd, 2012
8:06 pm

Josh Smith may feel that the hawks are starting over again. I can not seeing him wanting to play with this team. Most his buddies are gone. He will surely want out of Altanta now.

The Real cp

July 2nd, 2012
8:06 pm

Im not a big fan of Beasley but he would be a solid option at sf. Doesnt defend but he can sore.

Tremaine

July 2nd, 2012
8:07 pm

Danny Ferry already won GM of the Year for next season.