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According to Sports Illustrated, the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to deal Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Deshawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, along with a draft pick Brooklyn received from Houston.
Is it a fan’s place to say whether or not a deal should have been done?
Yes! That is the job of any fanbase of any sport in America. Remember when the New York Knicks sent everyone with the exception of Amar'e Stoudemire and Mike D’Antoni (exaggeration) to the Denver Nuggets for the services of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups?
Who are we kidding? They did it all for ‘Melo; Billups was just along for the ride.
The Nets gave up a lot of role players for Joe Johnson, who is one of the most overrated, overpaid basketball players in the history of the NBA.
I guess he’s not quite up there with Rashard Lewis, though.
Thinking about how disheartening, unemotional and stale Johnson has been in his time with the Atlanta Hawks does not make me overly ambitious about how strong the Nets will be once they enter the 2013 NBA playoffs.
Being alongside Deron Williams—if the point guard chooses to stay—will not alter his mentality. Johnson will be the same straight-faced perimeter shooter that he was with the Hawks. Yet, he could add the offense that the Nets need to take the primary scoring abilities off of Williams’ shoulders.
Williams could return to his traditional point guard duties, and Johnson could be that perimeter threat drawing defenses out of the low post for players like Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace to go to work.
No Dwight Howard necessary. The Nets could hit the playoffs almost instantly.
Will they get far? That’s another story.