May 4, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Joe Johnson (2) controls the ball during the third quarter of game three against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. The Boston Celtics won 90-84 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
With a contract previously thought to be untradeable, the Hawks engaging in talks with the Brooklyn Nets would help Atlanta create a more well-rounded and balanced roster.
Brooklyn and Atlanta are engaged in talks on a possible Joe Johnson trade, sources tell Y! Nets plan would be to pair with Deron Williams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2012
Johnson signed a lucrative, six-year deal worth $124 million dollars with Atlanta in the summer of 2010, a contract that was previously thought to be untradable. If they are able to move him, it creates a lot of financial flexibility for the organization to be able to build a more well-rounded and deeper team.
The Nets are looking to retain free-agent Deron Williams whom they acquired in a trade with the Utah Jazz last February. Williams has been rumored to be considering the Nets and his hometown Dallas Mavericks as a possible landing spot this summer.
The NBA free agency period begins at midnight on Sunday, July 1.