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. Both 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 more 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.
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