The Hawks have agreed to deal All-Star guard Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for five players and a draft pick, and Atlanta will send forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for guard Devin Harris.
A person familiar with the Hawks-Nets deal told The Associated Press on July 9 that Atlanta will receive guards Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson and forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, along with a draft pick Brooklyn received from Houston in a prior deal. The selection only belongs to the Nets if it is not a lottery pick. The person confirmed the trade on condition of anonymity because it cannot become official until Stevenson signs as a free agent with Brooklyn. Free agents cannot be signed until July 11.
Johnson has four years and $90 million left on his contract and new general manager Danny Ferry decided it was time to shed payroll and rebuild. The 31-year-old Johnson averaged 18.8 points per game last season, his 11th in the NBA and seventh with Atlanta.
The Nets are hoping to team Johnson with free agent point guard Deron Williams, whom they are working to re-sign, in the franchise’s first season in New York City after decades in New Jersey.
Meanwhile, Utah CEO Greg Miller acknowledged the deal for former first-round pick Marvin Williams while picking up guard Mo Williams at Salt Lake City International Airport in preparation for Tuesday’s introductory news conference. The Jazz acquired Mo Williams in a multi-team deal last week that also sent Lamar Odom to the Clippers.
The Atlanta Hawks also announced the signing of 2012 first-round pick John Jenkins on July 11. The announcement was made by President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry.
Jenkins, the 23rd overall selection from Vanderbilt, led the Southeastern Conference in scoring the last two years, averaging 19.9 points per game last season for the Commodores. A two-time First Team All-SEC performer, and considered one of the nation’s top shooters from the perimeter, Jenkins was also named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was named Sixth Man of the Year by the league’s coaches in 2009-10. Jenkins is currently participating in the Hawks’ rookie-free agent camp in Atlanta and will be in action later this week with the team’s rookie unit at the NBA Summer League competition in Las Vegas, NV. Jenkins is a native of Hendersonville, Tenn.