The Joe Johnson trade.

On August 19, 2005 Suns Joe Johnson was involved in a sign-and-trade deal with the Hawks for Boris Diaw and two unprotected future first-round draft picks.  After two years we now can finally analyze the trade and clearly see the winner is the Atlanta Hawks. Remember this looked like a horrible deal for the Hawks and was very similar to the Eddy Curry deal which cost the Knicks two lottery picks (Tyrus Thomas, and Joakim Noah). The Suns also got Boris Diaw who became a good player for the Suns and won most improved player. In the 2007 NBA draft things looked bad for the Hawks as they finished 4th worst in the league and their first round pick belonged to the Suns as long as it was wasn’t in the top three. The Hawks got lucky and in the lottery got in the top three in which they draft Al Horford who played a big part in this Hawk’s playoff push in many years. Luck was clearly on the Hawks side as had the Hawks gotten the 4th pick or lower the pick would have been the Suns and they could have drafted such players as Yi Jianlian, Corey Brewer, Brandan Wright or Joakim Noah. The Suns could have greatly used these players for their championship run. But most importantly had the Suns gotten the Hawks first round pick they would have been able to trade it along with Shawn Marion to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett. Had this possibly had gone down the Suns right now would probably be NBA champions as the Boston Celtics championship team without Garnett would have never been created. But the Hawks got lucky and got Al Horford instead. In this years 2008 NBA draft the Hawks got lucky again their first round draft pick was actually unprotected but the Hawks with Al Horford and Joe johnson got to the playoffs. So the Suns ended up with the number 15 pick and drafted Robin Lopez not (OJ Mayo, Derrick Rose, Mike Beasley) something the Hawks will not regret. Now I’m still not sure if the Suns still have another of the Hawks first round draft pick because they weren’t able to use it in the 2007 NBA draft.

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~ by Travis on June 29, 2008.

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