According Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Atlanta Hawks are engaged in discussions to trade Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets:
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.
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