Hawks Send Joe Johnson To Brooklyn, Marvin Williams To Jazz

New Hawks GM Danny Ferry is a busy man, reportedly dumping Joe Johnson's massive contract in a five-player deal with the Nets and sending Marvin Williams to Utah for Devin Harris.

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Nets Enter The East's Power Vacuum

Who is the second-best team in the Eastern Conference? That should tell you why you can't knock the Nets for trading for Joe Johnson's contract.

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'Rebuilding' Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Just because Danny Ferry is blowing up the Hawks doesn't mean there won't be anything left to compete. Atlanta doesn't need to be awful as it becomes "unstuck" from a run of being good. The Hook explains.

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Atlanta Hawks Trade Marvin Williams To Utah Jazz For Devin Harris, According To Report

Fresh off dealing Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets, the Atlanta Hawks have made another big trade, acquiring point guard Devin Harris from the Utah Jazz in exchange for small forward Marvin Williams, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The move will save the Hawks an additional $7.5 million in 2013-14 and provide them with a starting-quality point guard for one season. Harris struggled early on last year, but came on late in helping to lead the Jazz to the playoffs. It remains to be seen how the Hawks use Harris and incumbent point guard Jeff Teague, who is a rising young player that seemed on the cusp of emerging late last season.

Atlanta has also ultimately decided that trading Williams for Harris is preferable to simply using the one-time amnesty clause to remove Williams' salary off the Hawks' payroll, either this summer or next. It's possible Hawks ownership told Ferry they would not be paying a player to not play.

The Jazz, meanwhile, exchange Harris for a player who they can immediately slot into their vacant starting small forward position. The Jazz also recently acquired Mo Williams from the Los Angeles Clippers, so it was likely that Harris' minutes were going to fall anyway.

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Joe Johnson Trade Likely Knocks Nets Out Of Dwight Howard Sweepstakes, According To Report

The Brooklyn Nets' blockbuster trade for Atlanta Hawks star Joe Johnson likely means that they have bowed out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, even though the Orlando Magic star has the Nets as the only team on his wish list. The Nets likely won't have the salary-cap space to take on Howard in the future, and it appears they have decided to move on after Howard decided to stay with the Magic for one more year back in March.

Howard may want to go to the Nets, but by waiving the opt-out clause, he surrendered a lot of his leverage. Indeed, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge, new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan was not interested by any Nets offer potentially on the table.

Instead of Howard, the Nets will push forward with a team that likely includes Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Deron Williams (hopefully for their sake) and Brook Lopez (likely).

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Joe Johnson Trade To Brooklyn Nets Completed, According To Report

The Hawks and Nets have agreed on a five-player trade that will send Joe Johnson to Brooklyn, according to a report.

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Nets Reportedly Discussing Joe Johnson Trade

The Brooklyn Nets' aspirations of pairing Deron Williams and Dwight Howard might be petering out, according to one report. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Nets could be in the process of making a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for swingman Joe Johnson that would give Brooklyn a top-line backcourt and allow the Hawks to dump Johnson's remaining $90 million contract.

There are a number of factors at play. Most notably, Orlando's will have to decide whether or not they'll trade Howard -- who has one year remaining on his contract -- as well as Williams, who has yet to decide on his future with either the Nets or his hometown Dallas Mavericks:

It's doubtful Nets GM Billy King would make a deal for Johnson without the blessing of Williams and an assurance from Williams that he would re-sign with the Nets

King and new Atlanta GM Danny Ferry – former Duke teammates and close friends – have discussed the possibility of a Johnson trade that would mostly constitute a salary dump for the Hawks.

While Brooklyn's future is almost completely in flux and suffering no shortage of differing opinions as to the direction of the relocated franchise, there's a consensus among Atlanta fans that shedding Johnson would create a bright new future:

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