Joe Johnson to Nets: Hawks Reportedly Agree to Trade Star SG to Brooklyn

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Joe Johnson to Nets: Hawks Reportedly Agree to Trade Star SG to Brooklyn

The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly agreed to send six-time All-Star Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets, according to multiple sources.

 

UPDATE: Monday, July 2 at 7:18 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that this deal is all but done.

If this is true, the only thing likely keeping this from becoming official is a matter of formalities. It would have to get approval from the league, and the involved players are likely on their way to some physicals. 

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the agreement, tweeting about the deal Monday afternoon:

Shortly afterwards, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote about the proposed trade, and his report featured some conflicting information when compared to Wojnarowski's. Cunningham wrote that the Nets would be sending a first-round pick to Atlanta in addition to the players Wojnarowski listed. 

Either way, this is clearly a salary-dumping move on the Hawks' part, who would be moving Johnson and his massive salary for four expiring contracts and current free agent DeShawn Stevenson. Johnson is owed between $19 million and $25 million in each of the next four seasons, with his salary increasing each year.

The Nets have also been featured in many Dwight Howard rumors over the last few months, but it appears that they have moved on.

If the deal goes through and they re-sign Williams, Brooklyn will have just four players—Williams, Johnson, MarShon Brooks and Brook Lopez (RFA)—on the books for next season.

They have also reportedly agreed to re-sign free agent small forward Gerald Wallace.

Nothing is official yet, but we will have all the updates for you as soon as they are available.

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