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Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks Discussing Joe Johnson; Nets "Losing Hope" With Howard

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, “Brooklyn and Atlanta are engaged in talks on a possible Joe Johnson trade.”

Johnson, who averaged 18.9 points per game last season, has 17.8 points per game over the course of his 11-year career and has been named an All-Star in each of his last six seasons. Despite questions about his shot selection and efficiency at times, a lot of times would sign up for production like that. However, Johnson doesn’t exactly have a friendly contract. Johnson is due $19,752,645 next season, $21,466,718 in 2013/14, $23,180,790 in 2014/15 and $24,894,863 in 2015/16.

This comes on the heels of the news that “Mavericks free-agent point guard Jason Kidd will also join whichever team Williams chooses” according to Ric Bucher of ESPN.

Clearly, acquiring Johnson would be a move to keep Williams in Brookyln and he’d be signed to a max deal.

That doesn’t leave a whole of room for Dwight Howard, who wants to be dealt to Brooklyn.

Trusted Hawks scribe Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, says “Joe Johnson trade is one of several trade possibilities being discussed” and “none close to fruition for now.”

Update: Wojnarowski has the story up and has something interesting to say about Howard.

Multiple league sources believe the Nets are losing hope they can pry Howard out of Orlando, and are working diligently to construct a roster to keep Williams that doesn’t necessarily give them the financial flexibility to absorb Howard when he can become a free agent next year. If the Magic do eventually make a deal for Howard – something that they haven’t shown an inclination yet to do under new general manager Rob Hennigan – the Nets would be stocked with the kind of expensive veteran contracts that wouldn’t appeal to Orlando’s blueprint for rebuilding.

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