The upcoming draft pick swap between the Nets and Hawks from the Joe Johnson trade in 2012 is a reminder that the Nets didn’t give up a whole lot in exchange for the six-time All-Star, Robert Windrem of NetsDaily opines. As of now, as Windrem notes, that swap would be the 16th pick for the 29th pick. But if the Nets (35-41), who have won nine of their last 12, fade down the stretch, there’s a strong chance that pick for the Hawks would be higher.
In addition to a 2013 first round pick, the Hawks received Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and Anthony Morrow. Atlanta will receive the Nets’ second round pick in 2017 to complete that trade. Johnson will make nearly $24.895MM next season, but his contract comes off the books after that.
Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:
- The Nets have expressed interest in point guard Darius Adams of the Euroleague, sources tell Shams Charania of RealGM (on Twitter). Adams, 25, is averaging 8.3 points per game in about 20 minutes per game for Saski Baskonia.
- Many have been critical of the Knicks‘ triangle offense and have speculated that it could keep notable free agents from wanting to come to New York. New Westchester Knicks head coach Craig Hodges doesn’t agree, however. “The main thing is player spacing, ball movement, player movement and keep moving the basketball,’’ Hodges said, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. “As a former player, I don’t see why free agents wouldn’t come, having a Carmelo [Anthony] to work with. It’s a matter of guys realizing what a system can do for your game.’’ Hodges spoke with Hoops Rumors late last year about a wide variety of topics after joining the Knicks’ D-League affiliate as an assistant coach.
- Knicks coach Derek Fisher said you could tell just by watching both his team and the Sixers that neither have been tanking, Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com tweets.
Zach Links contributed to this post.