The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly agreed to a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, sending Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson (in a sign-and-trade), and a first-round pick (Houston’s, lottery-protected) to Atlanta for shooting guard Joe Johnson. The Nets retain their own first-round pick (perhaps less valuable than Houston’s now), MarShon Brooks, and don’t lose the rights nor ability to re-sign Gerald Green. It took less than 24 hours for the Nets to acquire Joe Johnson from the onset of reported discussion, a testament both to Billy King’s diligence to strike a significant deal before meeting with Deron Williams and to his friendship with Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, with whom King played basketball with at Duke in 1987 and 1988. Ferry wanted to shed Joe Johnson’s enormous contract — which will pay him $89 million over four years, including $24.9 million in 2015-16 — and King wanted to open the Barclays Center without the porous roster that decimated basketball in New Jersey a season earlier...
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