Nets Trade For Joe Johnson, Virtually Ending Chance At Howard

The Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a deal sending six-time All-Star Joe Johnson to the Nets in exchange for Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow and Deshawn Stevenson.

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. That ends any hope the Nets had at signing Dwight Howard outright when he becomes a free agent next season. The only real hope the Nets have if they still wish to acquire Howard is via a trade now or a sign-and-trade next summer and the Magic simply aren’t interested in what the Nets have to offer.

Nets Daily first had the scoop.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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