The Atlanta Hawks have the right to swap First Round picks with the Brooklyn Nets regardless of draft positioning. The least favorable of the picks – swapped or not – will go to the Celtics as part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade. The Hawks can also swap First Round picks with the Nets in 2015.
HOW IT HAPPENED: It was agreed to as part of the Joe Johnson trade in the summer of 2012. While Brooklyn received Johnson, Atlanta took back a collection of expiring contracts, a 2013 First Round pick (which the Hawks dealt to the Mavericks on draft night, Shane Larkin) and the right to swap First Round picks in 2014 and 2015. The Hawks will also get the Nets’ second round picks in 2015 and 2017.
ANALYSIS: It was assumed that the only drawback of the deal for Brooklyn was accepting Johnson’s outrageously lucrative contract. But as it turns out, the bigger disadvantage was the draft stipulations.
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