The Brooklyn Nets have officially made the biggest move of the NBA off-season thus far by sending five players to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for superstar Joe Johnson. The move was an interesting one to say the least for the Nets with the team thought to be targeting three-time Defensive Player of the Year in Dwight Howard.
With the Nets awaiting the decision of perennial All-Star point guard Deron Williams, Brooklyn made the best move available to bring in the talent around Williams in order to convince him to re-sign for the long-term. Unfortunately, the Nets are yet to hear Williams’ decision on his free agency status and can only wait, and hope that he chooses to stay in Brooklyn.
Reportedly, the deal has sent Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson, Anthony Morrow and a 1st round draft pick to the Hawks in exchange for Johnson. The reason for some many players in this deal was due to Johnson’s enormous contract. Johnson is set to make $90 million over the next four seasons.
The real question now is whether or not Williams will re-sign with the Nets because of this deal. This deal along with re-signing Gerald Wallace for $40 million gives the Nets some decent pieces to the puzzle around Williams.
There’s no question that the Nets had their sights set on bringing Howard to Brooklyn, but the Orlando Magic are reportedly not interested in anything they’d receive in return.
With Johnson and Wallace now in the Nets’ long-term plans, the next step is locking up Williams and securing the future of the franchise in Brooklyn for at least the next five years. Not a bad start for a team that was awful last season and on the verge of losing everything heading into the off-season.
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