After months and months of The Indecision with Dwight Howard the Nets decided to cut bait and move on. First they traded for Gerald Wallace and re-signed him this offseason (for too much money most say). Now they have traded all their expiring deals for Joe Johnson and his "untradable" contract.
The deal as it stands, as reported Sunday night by ESPN.com, calls for the Nets to send the expiring contracts of Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Williams along with DeShawn Stevenson (via sign-and-trade) and a future first-round pick (lottery-protected in 2013 via Houston) to Atlanta in exchange for Johnson.
Now they will have to see if Deron Williams will re-sign, giving them an expensive but very good backcourt tandem.
The Hawks? Well, they appear to be clearing the decks of bad contracts.
The Atlanta Hawks are closing in on their second significant trade of this early offseason, agreeing in principle Monday to trade forward Marvin Williams for Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris, according to sources briefed on the discussions.
What's their next move? Will they build around Horford and Smith or deal one or both of them? Will they make a play for Dwight Howard? Who knows?
Speaking of Dwight? Where does this leave him? Apparently he's still trying to dictate his destination.
Source: With Nets out of equation, Mavs go to top of Dwight Howard's wish list. No other teams - Lakers included - on it. For now.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 2, 2012
Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of "Let's Make A Deal."
Additional required reading: What Joe Johnson trades means for Nets, Hawks — and Dwight Howard | The Point Forward