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Hawks Trade Rumors: Joe Johnson To Brooklyn Nets Could Happen In 48 Hours Or Less

The Hawks and Nets have been discussing a trade that would send Joe Johnson and his $90 million contract to Brooklyn in an aggressive move by the Hawks to move an overpaid employee and the Nets to surround Deron Williams with more talent and keep him away from going back home to the Dallas Mavericks.

Ken Berger of says a Johnson-to-Nets deal could happen in the next 48 hours, and so should Williams' free agency decision. This, from Berger's report on Monday:

Williams will meet with the Nets and Dallas Mavericks Monday, and D-Will's resulting decision will be the domino that sends NBA free agency tumbling. ...

League sources believe the Johnson-to-Brooklyn deal has a strong chance of happening in the next 48 hours. If it does, it just goes to show you that you can have any collective bargaining agreement you want -- there's still no substitute for having one of the richest men on the planet own your basketball team.

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