NBA Trade Rumors: Joe Johnson's Impact on Brooklyn Nets

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MAY 10:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics is congratulated by Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 83-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Basketball fans everywhere are wondering what the Brooklyn Nets are going to consist of at the start of the next NBA season. They have yet to re-sign Deron Williams, who is trying his luck at the free agency, and they are moving to a new location in Brooklyn, where it's still unknown how popular or successful the franchise will be.

One thing Nets fans can be sure of is that Joe Johnson will most likely be in a Brooklyn jersey once preseason starts in December. Johnson is a six-time NBA All-Star who is currently on the Atlanta Hawks, but he has played for the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns in the past.

Johnson is one of the best shooting guards in the league, and he has averaged at least 15 points per game since his 2003-2004 season with Phoenix. Johnson would bring depth to the Nets and is a leader on the court.

Unfortunately, if the Brooklyn Nets finalize the trade for Johnson, they would be taking on the four years remaining of Johnson's six-year $120 million contract.

At the same time, Brooklyn would almost take themselves out of the race for Dwight Howard because it would most likely be financially unfeasible.

If the Hawks trade Joe Johnson, the Nets would have to give up Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro and a first-round pick from Houston that is lottery-protected in 2013.

However, it would be worth it.

When both teams announce the trade is finalized, it will mean a game-changing addition to the Nets squad. If Deron Williams decides to stay with the Nets, he and Johnson could be a dynamic duo to watch out for when next season starts.