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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Bob Weiss

July 2nd, 2012
5:36 pm

What a horrible trade. Are we seriously trading a 6-time All Star and the face of the franchise for a bunch of spare parts and a pick?! Expiring contracts don’t win you games or get you to the playoffs. New Jersey became a much better team today. I don’t see how this move will convince Josh Smith to sign an extension.

THE IMMORTAL...I MUS WRITE

July 2nd, 2012
5:37 pm

Wow……There really is a god. JJ and possibly Marvin hitting the bricks- I love this. Devin Harris for Marvin is fine by me -That yungn will forever be a scrub in this league regardless of coach or team. If the trade doesnt go through then amnesty Marvin ASAP…Do it now.

Ferry has done more in a few days than Sund/Knight had done in almost 10.

kj the spurs fan

July 2nd, 2012
5:37 pm

Great news for the Atlanta Hawks. Bad news for the Spurs. Why? We lost Danny Ferry. Good rid ins Joe Johnson. Hey hey hey good by.

Jay Dubu

July 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

JJ will actually go to NY and play with some fire in his belly…angry that the Hawks traded him, and to show NY that he’s as great as his salary. Plus, the Nets have a coach that will use JJ in a better fashion than the Hawks.

If Williams, a true, and agressive PG, is with the Nets, then JJ will get a gazillion spot up jump shots, and score a lot of points. Howard also is looking to join the Nets, so hey could become a top contender in very quick fashion.

Too many times, with Teague on the floor, Josh, and others would bring the ball up court. With Williams, JJ will be free to run to his spot, and when the defense gathers around Williams, pass to JJ, and the jumper goes swish!

atlhawks4lyfegakevindavis@gmail.com

July 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

Boy, I hope D. Williams stays w/ the Nets so this will go through. Something tells me that if they get rid of Joe they will be able to keep Smith!!! I think Smoove’s talents are harder to replace than JJ’s are. I’m loving Danny Ferry right now.

thatwasdumb

July 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

No Marshon, wow.

Hawks Blog Legeng Worldwide Clyde

July 2nd, 2012
5:39 pm

With Joe we couldn’t get past the second round and we had no cap room to improve our team. This may be a step backward talent wise but this team reached its height last year.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
5:39 pm

And Ferry did manage to wrangle a draft pick out of New Jersey — this will be Houston’s protected pick. Seeing where Houston is right now, that pick is likely to be in the mid to late teens unless they drastically revamp their roster in the next month.

This is a great deal even without Brooks.

terrell

July 2nd, 2012
5:39 pm

Dont know if I want Deshawn in our lockerroom.

Jfreak13713

July 2nd, 2012
5:39 pm

Good move for Johnson and the Hawks. Joe was never a true Number 1 guy and now that he is playing with Williams hopefully he can relax and just be good which he is! For the Hawks, this really frees up money to go after some free agents this year and next. I wouldn’t give up on Hawks this season lets see what kind of moves they can come up with but whatever happens removing this contract gives hope for the future.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
5:39 pm

Next step: salary dump or amnesty Marvin.

O'Brien

July 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

Stevenson Deal: 3 years, $6.9 mil deal. Only the first year is guaranteed being reported by Chad Ford.

For those fans that are on board with trading JJ for trash (Najeh :smile: ), please keep in mind that probably increases the likelihood of Josh leaving next season.

Josh Smith has said he wants to play in a better basketball market, and for an ownership that is more committed to winning a championship.

Trading JJ means the Hawks will probably take a step back, so their record will be worse, and I think attendance would drop.

If that happens, why would Josh stick around?

prison mike

July 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

Yo MC, keep tabs on Northcyde, because when we get rid of Duck too he will be up in Tennessee getting ready to stumble off on of them mountains.

Hogans Word

July 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

I would take a player with a tenth of the skill so long as he shows heart and exemplifies the qualities of a leader. Joe Johnson’s lack of leadership capabilities is the difference between a 2nd round and out team and one that could have actually competed in the Eastern Conference Finals a few times in the past 5 years. N-n-n-nooooooooooo Johnson! Thank thy Hogan.

THE IMMORTAL...I MUS WRITE

July 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

BobWeiss shut your pie hole…I’ll sacrifice a season or two to be a serious contender. We havent been serious contenders since Mookie Mutombo and Smitty were here.

Tommy

July 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

Don’t know if someone has said it yet, but the pick is protected 14th and down for three years.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

“I’m ok with Farmar, Williams and a first round pick. But Petro, Morrow and Stevenson? I hope we’re getting Brooks too if that is the case.”

None of those Nets players will be on the Hawks’ roster a year from now. They are all expiring, including Stevenson whose deal isn’t guaranteed past the first season.

Expiring deals and a draft pick. Exactly what the Hawks needed.

Jay Dubu

July 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

The Hawks getting a lot of junk players in return. LD is not going to know what to do to generate some offense.

I watched the Nets play a lot this year, and those guys played playground basketball. Some of it may have been because the Nets were out of the playoff running, the 2nd week of the season, but you’d like to think that they would still play for pride.

O'Brien

July 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

northcyde,

Comments?

Jfreak13713

July 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

Wiess, I don’t think the Hawks really care if Smith signs an extension?? He COULD be next although now that Johnson is gone we could sure use him but would he REALLY stay after next season regardless if Johnson was here or not?

THE IMMORTAL...I MUS WRITE

July 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

Congrats to Ivan The Terrible…..That man deserved a qualifying offer. Next we need to rid ourselves of LD and his cheap suites. 2013 2014= Cap space and a new coach lets roll baby…..YEAH!!!!

DBH

July 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

Like it or not, the Hawks had to do this deal. Joe’s contract was an albatross around the neck of the Hawks. Time to move forward. It’s a win-win. Joe wanted out and the Hawks were able to dump him and his contract. Good deal all-around, if you ask me.

tjhook

July 2nd, 2012
5:43 pm

First, thank you Joe Johnson for being the star performer I thought you were. I have been entertained for the majority of the time you have been with the Atlanta Hawks. I also would NOT like to thank you for being a self-serving player for the last three years. Lebron and the Big Three in Miami showed you that taking a pay cut for the team can bring you treasures that cannot be bought. Now you will have to rely on others to get you that precious championship ring because you are not the player you used to be.
(EXHALES) . . . Ok, MC, how long does a player have to be on a NBA roster before they are traded again? I remember 60 days but I want to be sure. It is redundant to have players who do the exact same thing (Morrow, Jenkins)-shooting and (Petro, Collins)-space eaters. And does this mean that Josh is next. Who are we targeting for 2013 since that is the move now. Can you give us an idea of players that will be coming out then.

THE IMMORTAL...I MUS WRITE

July 2nd, 2012
5:43 pm

Suits- Arrow sux

michael

July 2nd, 2012
5:43 pm

you could tell he didn’t want to be in atlanta. who the &%#* signed him to that contract anyway?? mediocore next year. i only really know of morrow since he’s from tech. he can light it up. still think hawks should keep j. smith though.

Ray

July 2nd, 2012
5:43 pm

@ Najeh

That’s exactly what I’m talking about people don’t realize this is only the beginning Ferry has got bigger plans.

yoursporthousedotcom

July 2nd, 2012
5:43 pm

Say what you want, but Deron, Joe, Brooks, and Howard is a formidable lineup.

PD

July 2nd, 2012
5:44 pm

Great Trade! Keep J-Smoove

tjhook

July 2nd, 2012
5:44 pm

Extra: If we were on a value-based concept, why did we draft Jenkins or at least trade down for him because he was not going at 24 or 25.

DannyFerryistheman

July 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

Bye bye Marvin. You are next.

CrαZy

July 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

Espn:
The Hawks, according to sources, would get Anthony Morrow; Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson (via sign-and-trade) and the Rockets’ 2013 lottery protected first round pick. and the Rockets’ 2013 lottery protected first round pick.

Yeah we won’t be getting that draft pick!!

hawksfaninthewest

July 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

Joe gave us some good years but that contract was an albatross. We suddenly have flexibility and will be better if the long run…

Jason S

July 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

Teague Farmar
Morrow Stevenson Jenkins
Williams
Smith I. Johnson Price
Horford Pachulia Petro

Two questions:
1) Now can the Hawks package together some of these spare parts and get a quality role player whose contract is expiring?
2) What is the best free agent out there that can be signed for a 1 year $4/5 million a year deal?

If no other meaningful move is made, the Hawks are looking at the 7th/8th seed. Not really where any team wants to be …

DannyFerryistheman

July 2nd, 2012
5:46 pm

the nets have given up on dwight according to chris broussard. deron, joe, g-wall, hump, lopez will be their starting 5 next year

Edward

July 2nd, 2012
5:46 pm

The reason you get rid of Joe is for next year not this year.They don’t expect Atlanta to go all the way this year so please fans keep an open mind.Ferry is getting the team ready to Dominate at the end of 2013.

Maggie

July 2nd, 2012
5:46 pm

This would be amazing for the Hawks. Joe Johnson’s contract for his worth always reminds me of Mike Hampton’s deal with the Braves. Go Hawks!

L

July 2nd, 2012
5:46 pm

you people on here think this is a great move. The only thing did was improve another team above us who will probably resign williams and get dwight in the long run. plus there is no idea what josh will do. thanks for bringing us back to loserville again

Big Ray

July 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

Well…it’s true that the deal reeks somewhat without Brooks or Green. However, that’s how it goes for the “can do” teams versus the “can’t do” teams (that would be us with our shaky owners).

It’s gonna hurt, no two ways about it.

Here’s the thing…what’s Ferry’s back-up plan? No, I don’t mean for adding more talent. I mean in case Deron Williams gets seduced by Mark Cuban. Everything I have read keeps saying the same thing – the deal is contingent on Williams re-signing with the Nets. If that doesn’t happen, then I guess the folks who are still sold on Joe as the ATL’s best and only savior will be happy, but what changes about the team?

That said, you have to wonder where Smith is headed…this may not be the only deal Ferry swings (assuming it happens).

“It’s about cap space”….heard this one before, but the differenc is that it’s Ferry we’re talking about. I trust him more than I do the “Mad Afro” (Billy Knight). He won’t sign Speedy Claxton or somebody like that.

Oh, and while John Jenkins tries to become the next Anthony Morrow on the same roster, we’ll have another backup PG in Farmar, so there’s no reason to keep Hinrich around.

Johan Petro – can we just cut him?

Jordan Williams – another young big guy prospect. Huh.

BasketballTopFan

July 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

GOOD LUCK Joe Johnson !!!!!

Atlanta basketball fans have enjoyed watching you play.

We would like to wish the Atlanta Hawks and new general manager Danny Ferry the best of luck and success in the 2012 / 2013 NBA season.

BasketballTopFan@Yahoo.com

Peanut gallery

July 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

Team is not good enough to win it. Blow it up.

wreckmaniac

July 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

Long past time to blow up this team and let your stars go to one of the many “win it all next year” teams.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

“For those fans that are on board with trading JJ for trash (Najeh ), please keep in mind that probably increases the likelihood of Josh leaving next season.”

I don’t mind. Ideally I’d like Josh to stay and a better player to be acquired, but if Josh makes it clear that he doesn’t want to re-sign with this team, I don’t mind trading him too. But like I’ve been saying since the beginning of this offseason, this team cannot get better until Joe is traded. Smart move by Ferry to take that big first step. Everything else gets easier from here.

I’d still try to see if the Magic would trade Dwight for Al + picks and see if they can convince Josh and Dwight to re-up here next year. Regarding Dwight, people need to chill with drawing conclusions from this report that he will only sign with Brooklyn. For one, they might not even have enough cap space after the Joe and Gerald Wallace deals. And secondly, Dwight changes his mind more frequently than a kindergartener. If the Hawks bring him here and he and Josh lead this team to some wins for a couple of months I could very easily see him decide to re-up here.

BIG DOG

July 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

Rod from CP – I feel you bro no Green and Brooks in this deal, JUST DAM

You trade a star player and get nothing in return, this a bad deal for the Hawks.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Matt

July 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

Now lets trade Al horford for Howard

Ray

July 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

@ Jason S

There is a chance to package a good bit of those players someone like Minnesota comes to mind people were talking about Derrick Williams as someone they wanted.

What I don’t want to happen is we trade that protected pick. Who knows if Rockets don’t get Howard they could try to tank the season doesn’t that end up making that pick that more valuable.

atlhawks4lyfe

July 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

Boy, I hope D. Williams stays w/ the Nets so this will go through. Something tells me that if they get rid of Joe they will be able to keep Smith!!! I think Smoove’s talents are harder to replace than JJ’s are. I’m loving Danny Ferry right now.

The Real cp

July 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

Wtf no Green or Brooks? I wanted to get rid of that contract too but Stevenson is pure doo doo. I at least wanted Green. Im glad we got rid of that terrible contract but come on man.

tjhook

July 2nd, 2012
5:49 pm

. . . and we need a scorer. Believe it or not, I want Vlad Rad back. He can put the ball in the basket. McGrady will probrably follow Joe Johnson to New Jersey. And if Deron Williams signs there, look for a Nets’ resurgence.

Big Ray

July 2nd, 2012
5:50 pm

So when does Northcyde come in and blame us bloggers for the armagedon that is yet to come?

Sorry, Northcyde, couldn’t resist.

In the meantime….

I’ll take the suckiness of not having former (and I do mean FORMER) all-star talent in place of the ball-stopping-what-the-F-are we doing limbo we had gotten into.

Time to admit the several year long mistake and get moving. Assuming Deron says it’s ok, of course.

Jason S

July 2nd, 2012
5:50 pm

Josh sticks around (maybe) because now Hawks can realistically offer Josh more money than anyone else, and the Hawks will hit FA hard next summer. If the Hawks get a star or even just a couple of very good role players next summer, Josh will have to think twice about leaving.