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.
Ik a lot of people are saying the 49ers will take a qb, but there is no way we should take one right there. He will just be unsuccessful. I really like solomon Thomas and i think he would be a great pick.Right now he doesnt seem like the #2 pick but his stock is going to continue to rise. Hopefully we can trade down a few picks and pick him and select a qb in next years loaded class. If we arent able to land thomas i wouldnt mind going mike williams or corey davis
DARRAIN WINSTON (Baker Kansas)? Should look at him. Had 54 tackles 2 TFL 10 INT 21 PBU 2 FF & 2 FR. How are you missing all these players at all these different positions? There's so many players at so many positions that you miss. Only way you seem to notice them is if we point them out.
Pre-Combine and Pro Day mock draft for the 2017 NFL Draft. Since the season isnt done yet there are still plenty of moves to take place before the draft so these selections could change. This years mock draft is the second I have done. Last year I created one, and while it was awesome, alot of teams shook it up early and nearly nobody could have predicted what happened. Im back at it again with a what I would do draft as of now and after the combine and pro days wrap up I will change it to what I think will happen. I hope everyone enjoys this and gets an idea of the prospects many people have their eye on as my draft is based off mostly what I have heard from scouts. Admittedly, as the prospects go, my words of praise for the prospects get a lot less. Enjoy!