It was reported today that the Atlanta Hawks have traded guard Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guards Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, and Deshawn Stevenson (sign-and-trade), forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, and a lottery-protected first round draft pick from the Houston Rockets.  Farmar brings a good backup point guard to the Hawks.  He has championship experience, having been the backup floor general to Derek Fisher on the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Laker Championship teams.  He averaged 10.4 points per game and 3.3 assists per game last season with the Nets.  Morrow is an effective sharpshooter.  He is dangerous from downtown and is one of the best free-throw shooters in the league.  He averaged 12.0 points per game last season with the Nets.  Stevenson is a lockdown perimeter defender.  Like Farmar, he also boasts championship experience, having been the starting two-guard on the 2011 Championship Dallas Mavericks team.  He averaged 2.9 points per game last season with the Nets.  Williams is a young post player with a lot of potential.  In his rookie season with the Nets last year, he averaged 4.6 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game.  Petro could prove to be a very capable backup to Al Horford this season.  The veteran averaged 4.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game last season with the Nets.  The Rockets' first round pick the Hawks received is lottery-protected through 2017, at which point it becomes a 2017 second round draft pick.  I think this was a good deal for the Hawks.  The five players together aren't as good as Joe Johnson, and the draft pick most likely won't pan out to be a six-time All-Star like Johnson.  However, Johnson has the richest contract in the NBA, and the Hawks needed to dispose of it in order to move in the right direction free agent-wise.  I will miss Johnson with the Hawks, and want to thank him for his seven years in Atlanta.  I also am excited to see these five new Hawks, and wish them luck in their future in Atlanta.
Joe Johnson celebrating