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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Columbus

July 2nd, 2012
6:08 pm

Nothing against Joe. Its not HIS fault the last GM and the owners overpaid him and it handcuffed the teams ability to make moves and therefore the future. Best of luck Joe. Except against Danny Ferry’s Atlanta Hawks! Ferry will be the GM of the year in 2013 or maybe 2012!

Jaded Hawks Fan

July 2nd, 2012
6:08 pm

Broussard on Sportscenter just said he thinks Atlanta is an attractive place for free agents. I agree, especially now that we have an executive who seems to have a real plan.

Next summer could be very exciting. We haven’t said that very often around here.

Jason S

July 2nd, 2012
6:08 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
5:53 pm

“One thing I will say — when the Nets come here in December (they usually play a game in ATL early in the season) I hope Joe gets the standing O he deserves. ”

This.

dap01

July 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Great job Ferry!

Heisenberg

July 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Josh & Al play same position. Ferry seems to be building more around Al (maybe because he has a long term contract and has not asked to be traded). Ferry could be negotiating with Josh to give him a chance to stay and be a part of it. But I cannot see a way Hawks start training camp without Josh either signed or traded. Not a Josh hater, I like his passion & talent. But the business part makes me lean towards he will be traded before camp starts.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

“I don’t understand why people keep saying the Hawks should have got more. Don’t you realize the Hawks would have about 10 million dollars to sign SIX players before going in the luxary cap.”

It is a testament to how atrocious Joe’s contract was that this was the extent of his trade value. If he was properly paid the Hawks could have gotten a lot more for him. But if he was properly paid, the Hawks wouldn’t have been boxed into having this team with no hope to improve and consequently wouldn’t have had to trade him in the first place.

icoachkids

July 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

Great move! Now move Marvin and Heinrich and we may have something going here.

NUNNA!!

July 2nd, 2012
6:12 pm

Whoahhhhhhhhhhh Nelly..
No brooks or green to ATL??
Ok..now i see that he is doing what i told yall he would do..
Without making an annoncement,the hawks are rebuilding..
Ferry has a year contract folks and its to come in and have up to 3 years to put a legit playoff contender on the floor..And by the end of year 4,have a legit 2nd round to Round contender with cap room to bring in a super star free agent..

tjhook

July 2nd, 2012
6:12 pm

Are we going to be any kind of defensive team. Also, LD’s system relied on players being able to draw double-teams. Joe could do that when he played team ball. Who can do that now. Teague and who else? Smith will need someone to take the offensive pressure off of him who can dribble.

welikebaseball2

July 2nd, 2012
6:12 pm

I got greedy & was hoping we could get Brooks or Green, which would make us a little more competitive next season. Well, I’ll tough it out & look forward to seeing what we do with the loads of cap space next summer & 1st round picks to build for the ‘14 season. This is, hands down, the best move for the future (& not-so-distant future) of the franchise. Now, excuse me while I celebrate the shedding of the worse contract in NBA history!

Jay Dubu

July 2nd, 2012
6:12 pm

tjhook, are you Rad’s agent. Dude was horrible except for 3 or 4 games. A big man that wants to play around the 3 point line.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

“I am no longer a hawks fan, D-Will will resign, Jason Kidd will be the backup in Brooklyn, Lopez stays, they still have Brooks and Green. Thats not the best part, Dwight Howard is unrestricted next year, he’s not coming to ATL, i’m estactic, the billionaire will resign him in Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn won’t have cap space to sign Dwight as an unrestricted free agent after they complete the Joe and D-Will deals.

“Now you miss JJ, who will draw the double team to help AL and Josh work, JJ just needed a good point guard, and a center, love it.”

Josh was the guy drawing double teams all season, not Joe.

Ken Strickland

July 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

It’s being reported on ESPN that the Nets intend to go through with the trade regardless of DWill’s decision. Maybe it was because DHoward reportedly told Magic ownership that he wanted to be traded to no other team but the Nets. He indicated that if they didn’t, he play next season with the Magic and leave. There may also be some kind of lawsuit in the mix, which the players association has already approved.

With JJ gone, it looks like all of you MWilliams haters will have to continue suffering. We’ll definitely need his scoring ability to replace some of JJs, along with whoever replaces JJ at SG. If we don’t trade Josh before the season, I see a starting lineup of SF-MWilliams, OC-AHorford, PF-JSmith, PG-JTeague, and SG-?

I see Joe’s departure benefitting Teague and Marvin more than anyone else, and Horford should also benefit. We’ll certainly be able to play more uptempo ball, and the OFF should flow more consistently and effectively. However, we’ll miss his clutch shooting, ballhandling and assists.

icoachkids

July 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

WE CANNOT TRADE JOSH!!!!

He is the real all star on this team.

Michael

July 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

Have not commented on a Hawks blog since Joe received his absurd contract two years ago. This move brought me back. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to get real. This team was doomed to win 40-45 games for the next 4 seasons with no hope of having any cap room. This had to be done in order to move forward.

Free

July 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

About time!!! Bye Joe!!! All that money they were paying him was a waste, free up those millions to get some players who wants this city to get a NBA ring!!!

NUNNA!!

July 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

Correction:
Whoahhhhhhhhhhh Nelly..
No brooks or green to ATL??
Ok..now i see that he is doing what i told yall he would do..
Without making an annoncement,the hawks are rebuilding..
Ferry has a “6 year” contract folks and its to come in,work his so called magic and in 3 years put a legit playoff contender on the floor..

And by the end of year 4,have a legit 2nd round to Round contender with cap room to bring in a top tier free agent or 2 to put us into the finals….

We’ll see

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

Alex Kennedy ‏@AlexKennedyNBA
The Atlanta Hawks will have a lot of money to spend next summer. This deal allows them to pursue Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.
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This.

t_height

July 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

Marvin isn’t going anywhere yet until the team can find a shooting guard. Marvin is a better SG than he is SF. He is not bad coming off the bench so I say keep him.

Ra'mon

July 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

Truthfully the trade is a bittersweet trade. The last time a player as talented as Joe was traded, it was Dominique. And for old time sake, the back court of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson should’ve happened here in Atlanta, lol.

J.J.M.

July 2nd, 2012
6:15 pm

lmao if deron williams dont sign with the nets though

Buddy Grizzard

July 2nd, 2012
6:15 pm

“So who replaces the 18/4/4 a game that Joe gave?”

Teague, Josh, Al and Marvin’s averages all go up without Ball-Stopper Joe!

welikebaseball2

July 2nd, 2012
6:15 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to add to the list of things I’m looking forward to about summer of ‘13 is the possibility of NOT extending Drew’s contract into the ‘14 season? Now, I’m all about winning sooner than later but, while the ‘13 season may not look promising, ‘14 can’t come soon enough!

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
6:15 pm

“With JJ gone, it looks like all of you MWilliams haters will have to continue suffering. ”

On the contrary, trading Joe means Marvin is the obvious candidate to be amnestied. Unless, of course, Ferry can find some sucker to take his contract too.

Priest Lauderdale

July 2nd, 2012
6:16 pm

I would have traded Joe for a bag of balls. Change is good

HowlingOwlSports.com (KSU)

July 2nd, 2012
6:18 pm

I think this move had to be made but I will miss Joe. Great job in not taking any bad contracts back.

jlewis

July 2nd, 2012
6:18 pm

Josh drew double teams when JJ got hurt. Teams play Josh straight up, and give him two arms length because they want him to shoot the jumper. If he was double teamed JJ would have had open shots. Also, you guys seem to forget we were two plays away from beating the Celtics, this is outright dumb. There are no Lebron’s coming down the pike that the Hawks will get. I love it, you’ll get what you deserve.

Jay Dubu

July 2nd, 2012
6:18 pm

So JJ the ballhawk is moving on. Where does LD go for points now? None of the guys that the Hawks get back in this trade will put up JJ’s numbers, and the ones that I’ve seen, do not play defense as good as JJ.

True, he was way overpaid, but you still have to hvae players to win, and if this deal goes through, the Hawks will not have the players to win.

The Nets and the Hawks will switch places in the standings with this trade. But the Nets will be excited, because they’ve stuck it up for the pst few years, and this will put them in the playoffs.

Who and from where are the Hawks going to get players to make this year’s team competitive?

They’ll need a much better coach than LD to get this group of mismatched players to compete.

Roy Kittles

July 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

Kent avoids Caldwell pope welcome to the hawks.

Vettledi

July 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

If Ferry is able to find someone ABLE to make a trade with Marvin I take the first flight from Paris to Atlanta and give him a BJ

OneManBandStand

July 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

New Jersey? LOL

Is Astro Joe going with him?

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

To be more specific, if the Hawks amnesty Marvin, they will have only $15 million of committed salaries one year from now. In other words, easily enough money to sign CP3, Josh, AND Dwight.

Kind of like how the Heat cleared their entire cap and were the only team that had enough money to sign LeBron, Wade, AND Bosh.

Buddy Grizzard

July 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

“Alex Kennedy ‏@AlexKennedyNBA
The Atlanta Hawks will have a lot of money to spend next summer. This deal allows them to pursue Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.”

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

“This would put the team in position to emulate the Miami Heat by bringing in a third star such as Chris Paul.”

http://www.hoopinionblog.com/2012/04/hawks-could-be-back-in-hunt-for-dwight.html

Yawn....

July 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

This will mean NOTHING unless we have a big league coach….Larry Drew has to go!!!

J.J.M.

July 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

now that howard cant go to the nets I see the hawks resigning josh and signing howard next season while marvin might get the amnesty…so the future lineup could be C howard PF horford SF josh? SG I have no idea PG teague

nobody

July 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

Just think if we don’t have a season and Houston doesn’t either we could pair the keepers on our roster with 2 Lottery Picks next year and an upper tier free agent. Breathe Hawks fans. 2013 will be a good year for us.

i_am_soulstar

July 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

Marvin to Utah for Devin Harris rumors are everywhere. MC, does this have legs?

Tremaine

July 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

YES! YES! YES! THANK YOU BROOKLYN! DANNY FERRY IS MY HERO!

nobody

July 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

a good season*

NUNNA!!

July 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

Mr.Strickland,
I agree 1000 percent on your comment,but, this will benefit Marvin the most out of everyone..
In Marvin you have a guy who can(when called upon to do so)score..
Inside..Outside..Decent free throw shooter..Good wing defender..
Strong to da hoop but just needs to finish..
And with a GM that is not afraid to ship yo behind off somewhere,Mr.Williams now has the opp to be the scorer and player he should have been..

LakeDawg

July 2nd, 2012
6:21 pm

Great move. I’ve said many times in the past that JJ would make some team a great 2nd or 3rd option. He’s just not a #1. Its a win/win deal. The Nets pick up a good piece and the Hawks had to blow this team up. Bad karma. Next step: move Smooove.

Luke Cage

July 2nd, 2012
6:21 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Thanks for the memories Joe, you just couldn’t get er’ done here.

Good thing, I was going to call you Hoe Johnson all for the next 4 seasons after that crap vs the celts this yr.

Laughing out Loud

July 2nd, 2012
6:21 pm

I’m really laughing hard right now at all of you who stated the Hawks cannot afford to trade Joe Johnson! Listen people, if management wants to do some thing, they can usually find a way! All it takes is guts and dollars! Never say it cannot be down!

HowlingOwlSports.com (KSU)

July 2nd, 2012
6:21 pm

Danny Ferry did well so far…now he has to put the space to good use.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 2nd, 2012
6:21 pm

Honestly if they could convince Orlando to trade Dwight here for Al + picks and amnesty Marvin, they would have Bird rights on Dwight, they would have only $3 million in committed salaries (Teague), and they would be able to not only team up CP3/Josh/Dwight but also have enough left over to go after another pretty good free agent.

joel holtzman

July 2nd, 2012
6:22 pm

Resigning JJ to that hugh contract for a contribution player was stupid. It might have been smart considering the trade value provided. It takes time to build a winner. Ok we may have an off year or two. I hope the Hawks use it wisely.

HoosierHawk

July 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

Could we go after Nash or Ray Allen with MLE? A backcourt of Farmar, Teague, Stevenson, Jenkins would be the worst in the league.

HowlingOwlSports.com (KSU)

July 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

I agree Najeh…have to amnesty Marvin if Ferry can get the owners to sign off on it.

ant banks

July 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

we gotta have some of the DUMBEST bloggers in the nation…D12 has emphatically stated that the nets is where he wants to be and he will not resign with any organization, but the nets…

WHY ARE Y’ALL STILL TALKIN’ ABOUT PACKING A DEAL TO GET D12 IN ATLANTA? smf

Triple Lindy

July 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

NICE. Hopefully Rockets have a bust of a season and give us a good pick. Time to sign a big man and let Al do his thing as a power forward.