May 4, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Joe Johnson (2) pumps his chest during the fourth quarter of game three against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. The Boston Celtics won 90-84 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
"Brooklyn and Atlanta are engaged in talks on a possible Joe Johnson trade, sources tell Y! Nets plan would be to pair with Deron Williams," Woj tweets. "Both Hawks and Nets are engaged in talks on several fronts. No deal close on Johnson, but sides have gone back and forth on possibility."
The decision by Jordan Farmar to opt-in earlier Saturday may be part of the planning for the trade. In a later report on Yahoo!, Woj writes, "Jordan Farmar, who opted into the final $4.2 million year of his deal on Saturday, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro and a sign-and-trade with one of the Nets free agents' to make the exchange of salaries work."
Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution confirms the talks. "Hawks source says Joe Johnson trade is one of several trade possibilities being discussed. None close to fruition for now."
Johnson is owed nearly $90 million over four years. Atlanta's new GM, Danny Ferry and Billy King were teammates at Duke and remain close friends.
- Brooklyn Nets discussing trade for Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Brooklyn Nets discussing trade for Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson - Tim Bontemps & Fred Kerber - New York Post Nets Blog
- Nets begin Deron hunt with a Hawk eyed - Tim Bontemps & Fred Kerber - New York Post
Joe Johnson included in Hawks trade talk - Michael Cunningham - Atlanta Journal-Consttitution