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Atlanta Hawks' Trades Recap - July 3



Atlanta and Brooklyn Deal for Joe Johnson

Hawks receieve: SG-Anthony Morrow, G/F-DeShawn Stevenson, C-Johan Petro, PG-Jordan Farmar, PF-Jordan Williams, lottery-protected 2013 first-round pick (via Houston)

Nets receive: SG-Joe Johnson

Why this makes sense for Brooklyn:

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.



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2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/13
Outstanding 2013 NBA Draft Trades - 7/12
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2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/6
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/4
Atlanta Hawks' Trades Recap - 7/3
2012 NBA Free Agent Recap - 7/2
2012 NBA Draft Winners - 6/30
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NBA Trade Analysis - 6/28
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2012 NBA Trade Deadline: Five Players Likely to Be Traded - 3/8
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