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.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.