Joe Johnson has been traded from Atlanta to Brooklyn in exchange for spare parts, a deal that effectively ends any hope that the Nets can get their hands on Dwight Howard. Details of the trade are iffy – Marc Stein and some reporters say the Johnson trade is contingent upon Deron Williams saying “yes” to Brooklyn; Woj says the deal “likely happens with or without Deron.”
So Danny Ferry was in Atlanta how long before blowing it up?
Johnson, who has perhaps the worst contract in the NBA – he’s owed $19 million next year, then $21 million, then $23 million, then $24 million in 2015-2016 and he’s already starting to show signs of decline – was dealt in exchange for Jordan Farmer, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and a draft pick. It is unclear whether or not any of those players have much of a future in Atlanta. Farmar, Morrow, Petro and Williams all have expiring contracts. Atlanta could be in position to be a factor in free agency next year – Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia are entering the final years of their contract.
The good news for Brooklyn: The Nets kept Marshon Brooks! (Too bad he’s a shooting guard, like Johnson.) And Brook Lopez! The bad news – the Dwight Howard pipe dream is over.