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Marvin Williams traded by Hawks to Utah Jazz for Devin Harris

07/03/2012 at 7:22 am By

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Shortly after agreeing to trade shooting guard Joe Johnson to the Nets, the Atlanta Hawks dealt forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for PG Devin Harris.┬áBoth Williams and Devin Harris are owed about $8 million for next season ($8.3 mil to Williams, $8.5 for Harris) but Harris’s deal expires after next season. Williams has a player option of $7.5 mil for 2013-2014.

The move gives new GM Danny Ferry and the Hawks ┬ámore cap flexibility to build their for the future. By trading Johnson and Williams, Atlanta has shipped out close to $30 million in salaries for the 2013 off-season, as well as the remaining $89.2 mil of Johnson’s 6-year deal that was signed in 2010.

Williams has yet to live up to his high draft position after being selected no. 2 overall by Atlanta in 2005. In seven seasons Williams has averaged a mediocre 11.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Harris has also been little more than average in his eight seasons with the Mavericks, Nets and Jazz, averaging 13.1 ppg and 5 apg. Harris was named an all-star in 2009.

Harris’s future with Atlanta appears to be short, as the Hawks already have young up-and-coming point guard Jeff Teague on the roster. Teague averaged 12.6 ppg and 4.9 apg last season, his first year as a full-time starter.

-ALR

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