Nets set to acquire Joe Johnson from Hawks

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Nets set to acquire Joe Johnson from Hawks

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets are "finalizing a trade to acquire Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson," according to league sources.
The Nets would acquire the six-time All-Star in exchange for guards Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson and forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, along with a 2013 first-round draft pick.
Johnson has four years and almost 90 million left on his contract, and the Nets are expected to hear soon from point guard Deron Williams on whether he will accept the team's five-year, 100 million contract extension. Williams met with Nets officials today, and the team is confident he will stay instead of choosing the Dallas Mavericks.
But the one player who may be affected most by this move is Dwight Howard. The Orlando Magic center, who has requested a trade, is only willing to sign a contract extension with the Nets. But with Johnson's contract, Williams' extension, 40 million invested in Gerald Wallace, and an "eventual 50 million-plus deal for center Brook Lopez," it appears that the Nets would be out of the running for the disgruntled center.
With the move, Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov has introduced his own version of the "Big Three" in Williams, Johnson and Wallace. Alongside Lopez and young role players MarShon Brooks and Danny Green, the Nets could be in good shape for the future.
And while this won't directly affect the Bulls, it does make the Eastern Conference Playoff race a bit more exciting. The Hawks should still contend for a post-season spot with Josh Smith, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. And the Nets now find themselves with one of the best starting lineups in the conference.

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.

Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.

“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”

Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.

The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.

Morning Update: White Sox beat Tigers; Cubs shutout in LA

Morning Update: White Sox beat Tigers; Cubs shutout in LA

Here are some of Friday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Preview: White Sox-Tigers doubleheader today on CSN

Preview: Charlotte Knights battle Buffalo Bisons tonight on CSN+

Avisail Garcia busts out of mini-slump in White Sox win

Jake Arrieta not at his sharpest in Cubs shutout loss to Dodgers

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Why Jim Callis thinks Luis Robert is going to have a gigantic impact on White Sox

The ‘friendly rivalry’ between Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman with Cubs, Dodgers becoming NL superpowers

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Cubs: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

White Sox prospect Lucas Giolito: No-hitter 'special' after early struggles