TWO MAJOR TRANSACTIONS SIGNIFICANTLY RESHAPE HAWKS FUTURE
Atlanta conveys to Brooklyn the contract of Joe Johnson for five players, draft picks and other considerations; also obtains Devin Harris from Utah for Marvin Williams
ATLANTA, July 11, 2012 -Atlanta Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry today announced the team has traded Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for five players, a first- and second-round pick and other draft considerations, and also acquired Devin Harris from the Utah Jazz for Marvin Williams.
In return for Johnson, the Hawks get guards Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson, and forwards Johan Petro and Jordan Williams. The two picks are Houston’s 2013 first-round pick and the Nets’ second-round pick in 2017.“The Hawks want to thank Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams for their contributions on the court and in the community,” said Ferry. “We felt with the team that we had, we were probably going to maintain the status quo and not be able to reach a championship level. We now have the opportunity to work within the new CBA in a better way that will allow us to move forward and be opportunistic in the future as we work to build a sustainable championship level team.”
Morrow returns to the Atlanta area after playing his collegiate ball at Georgia Tech. Undrafted in 2008, the 6-5 guard was signed as a free agent by the Golden State Warriors where he spent two seasons, before he was traded to the Nets for a future second-round pick in July 2010. In four years as a pro, Morrow has averaged 12.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 256 career games. Considered one of the league’s best pure shooters, he has made 45.1% of his field goal attempts, 42.6% of his three-pointers and 89.7% of his free throws. On February 3 of this past season, he tallied a career-high 42 points vs. Minnesota.
A first-round selection of the Lakers in 2006, Farmar was the 26th overall pick and played four seasons in Los Angeles, winning two NBA championships with his hometown team in his final two years with the club (’08-’09 and ’09-’10) and recording 6.9 points and 2.1 assists over his LA career. During the summer of 2010 (July 14), he agreed to a free agent contract with the Nets and following two seasons in New Jersey, he finished with 9.9 points and 4.4 assists. He brings career marks of 7.7 ppg and 2.8 apg after 413 games to Atlanta, having made .427 FG%, .367 3FG% and .728 FT%. The 6-2 guard played collegiately at UCLA.
Stevenson recently concluded his 12th season in the NBA and he has averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 768 games. A member of the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks in 2011, the 6-5 guard broke into the league as the 23rd overall selection by the Utah Jazz in 2000. After three-plus years in Salt Lake City, Stevenson was traded to Orlando and spent a little more than two seasons (2003-06) with the Magic before signing a contract with the Washington Wizards in the summer of ’06. Traded to the Mavericks in February 2010, his defense on LeBron James in the Finals was considered a big part of Dallas’ success as the franchise captured its first title. Following that season, he signed a free agent contract with the Nets and played in 59 games (2.9 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 18 minutes per contest).
Picked 25th overall by the Seattle Sonics in the 2005 Draft, Petro is a 7-0 center who hails from Paris, France and he is a frequent member of the French national basketball team. Having played for three teams in his NBA career (Seattle/Oklahoma City, Denver and New Jersey), he has appeared in 442 career games and recorded 4.7 points and 3.9 rebounds (.463 FG%, .669 FT%).
Williams’ rookie year with the Nets saw the 6-10 forward/center play in 43 contests and post averages of 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds (.507 FG%, .652 FT%). He left the University of Maryland after two seasons with the Terrapins and he was selected by New Jersey with the 36th pick in the 2011 Draft.
An eight-year veteran, Harris’ tenure in Utah consisted of 80 games after he was traded by the Nets (along with Derrick Favors and other considerations) on February 23, 2011. He helped lead the Jazz to the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in four games by Dallas. In 63 games this year, Harris tallied 11.3 points and 5.0 assists, and made 44.5% of his FG attempts while shooting 75 percent from the free throw line.
Selected as a reserve on the Eastern Conference’s All-Star team in 2009, Atlanta will be Harris’ fourth team since coming into the NBA in 2004. Picked fifth overall by Washington, he was traded to Dallas on draft night and played three and a half seasons for the Mavericks before he was traded to New Jersey on February 19, 2008.
In three-plus seasons with the Nets, Harris’ career numbers continued to improve, topped by a personal-best 21.3 ppg average in 2008-09. It was the fifth straight season in which his scoring totals increased, to go along with career highs in rebounds (3.3 rpg) and steals (1.6 spg). Harris brings career averages of 13.1 points, 5.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals to Atlanta, and he has connected on .441 FG%, .315 3FG% and 80.1 percent of his FTs.