New Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has already made his presence felt just one week after accepting the job.

In separate deals Monday, the Hawks agreed to trade All-Star guard Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for several players plus a draft pick, and sent forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for guard Devin Harris.

The trades are intended to make room for the Hawks to make major trades for star players in the future.

In exchange for Johnson, the Hawks will receive Jordan Farmar, former Georgia Tech standout Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and Jordan Williams from the Nets. Atlanta will also get a 2013 first-round draft pick that is lottery-protected through 2016.

The Hawks are in position to clear as much as $30 million in salary cap space next summer. Magic center and native Atlantan Dwight Howard, as well as Clippers guard Chris Paul are among the star players eligible to become unrestricted free agents after next season.

Read the full story at the AJC.


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