The Brooklyn Nets may be getting their man. No, not Dwight Howard. According to Nets Daily, Joe Johnson is Brooklyn bound.
The Nets are set to open the 2012-13 season in Brooklyn and have been trying to make splash before tipping off in their new home. Before the Johnson rumors began to swirl, the primary objectives of the Nets appeared to be retaining point guard Deron Williams and trading for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. Chris Broussard of ESPN reports that the acquisition of Johnson is contingent on the former.
David Aldridge of NBA.com had somewhat different information, hearing that Johnson was coming to New York regardless of Williams' status.
The 31-year-old Johnson signed a massive contract with the Hawks after the 2009-2010 season and is due more than $19 million during the 2012-2013 season. His salary increases every season through 2015-2016 when the contract expires and is worth nearly $90 million (H/T HoopsHype). Given the financial commitment to Johnson (and presumably Williams), this trade may end the Nets' pursuit of Howard.
According to various reports, the Hawks will acquire several pieces in exchange for Johnson, including Anthony Morrow.