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Joe Johnson officially a Net

July 11, 2012 Hawks trade Joe Johnson to

July 11, 2012
Hawks trade Joe Johnson to the Nets for Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and a first-round pick
In a move engineered to encourage Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams to re-sign with the team, the Nets parted with young talent and a draft pick for Hawks guard Joe Johnson. Both Wallace and Williams signed extensions shortly after the news broke.
General manager: Billy King
(Credit: AP)

That All-Star backcourt Nets fans have been salivating about is truly here now.

The trade sending Joe Johnson from Atlanta to Brooklyn officially went through today, pairing Johnson with Deron Williams, the face of the franchise. Johnson was acquired in exchange for Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, a 2013 first-round pick acquired from the Rockets, and the Nets' 2017 second-round pick.

GM Billy King, on somewhat of a roll since free agency tipped off July 1, is glad to see the 31-year-old on board.

“We are very pleased to add a perennial All-Star caliber player like Joe Johnson to our roster,” King said in a statement. “Joe is considered one of the premier guards in the NBA, and his skill and talent level will have a very positive impact on our team.”

Tags: Joe Johnson , Deron Williams , Billy King , Anthony Morrow , Jordan Farmar , Johan Petro , Jordan Williams , DeShawn Stevenson , free agency , Brooklyn Nets

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