The Nets are trying add to more star talent in hopes of A) luring Deron Williams to re-sign with the team and B) having a Plan B in case Williams doesn't return to the franchise. Brooklyn pretty much gives up a bunch of mediocre at best players to land one of the better shooting guards in the league even though he is still owed around $89 million over the next four years - GULP!.
This deal does leave the former residents of New Jersey with just four players under contract: Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, and restricted free agent Brook Lopez. It also eliminates any possibility of Dwight Howard joining the team. It is certainly an aggressive play for the Nets, but one that could kill their cap flexibility for the next several years.
Why this makes sense for Atlanta:
New Hawks GM Danny Ferry isn't messing around. With Johnson eating up more than a third of Atlanta's cap space, Ferry quickly dumped the max contract Johnson signed just two summers ago. Atlanta was already over the expected league salary cap even though the team only had seven players under contract.
This deal provides the Hawks with depth for the time being, but more importantly opens up a ton of cap flexibility for the next few years as none of the acquired pieces have guaranteed deals past this upcoming season. In fact, Farmar is expected to be cut, which will save them even more money. In all, Atlanta frees up approximately $77 million by pulling the trigger on this trade.
Atlanta and Utah Swap
Hawks receive: PG-Devin Harris
Jazz receive: SF-Marvin Williams
Why this makes sense for Atlanta:
Following up the contract dump of trading Johnson, the Hawks can save even more for the future since Williams has a $7.5-million option for the 2013-14 season and Harris is in the final year of his contract. Harris also adds some experience to the point guard position where Jeff Teague played so-so last season in his first year as a starter. The former Wisconsin Badger is also able to play off the ball, so he can help fill the void left by Johnson at the two.
Why this makes sense for Utah:
In acquiring Marvin Williams from the Clippers this past weekend, the Jazz had a pair of starting point guard caliber players on its roster. The team does have a need for depth on the wing with both C.J. Miles and Josh Howard being unrestricted free agents. However, I am not sure why Utah was in such a hurry to deal Harris, especially for somebody like Williams, who has underachieved his entire career in Atlanta.
Walter your inability to bet the Patriots all year with Brady on the team is inexplicable. Yes, since Brady came back from suspension, you bet the Patriots 0 times, even though they covered as decent and often huge favorites. Why? Why are you more afraid than Goodell is to show up at Foxborough to bet on a great team to beat inferior oponents by a large margin? You lost out on a lot of money. As for the Patriots defense who will be "overwhelmed" by Pittsburgh hahaha, the Patriots defense has stepped up when it needed to. Logan Ryan who is not even the best DB let alone CB on the team just had a dominant game covering one of the best wide receivers in the league. And you're going to say that Brady can't go stride for stride against Big Ben who, with his 0 TD performance last Sunday, once again proved that he has turned into an awful road playoff QB? You know what 0 TDs will win you in the AFC Championship game? I don't believe that betting on Pitt getting 6 points is a bad decision - seeing as I may do the same. But to predict the Patriots to straight up lose is laughable. The advantage they have on defense and coaching is pretty big and they may even be even offensively solely because Brady has been using Edelman more and more and Dion Lewis's return has shown to be very important.