NEW YORK -- The Nets are loathe to show up in their new Brooklyn home next season without plenty of star power on their roster.
Now it looks like they have a big-time scorer, agreeing to a deal on Monday with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire shooting guard Joe Johnson.
ESPN was first to report the teams had agreed to the deal. All the reports cited unidentified sources.
But it will come at a huge cost. Johnson is owed $89 million over the next four seasons, and the Hawks, under new general manager Danny Ferry, apparently just wanted to rid themselves of Johnson's contract.
In exchange for Johnson, the Nets would send the Hawks the expiring contracts of Jordan Farmar, DeShawn Stevenson, Johan Petro and Anthony Morrow, as well as next season's lottery-protected pick obtained from Houston.
The pick is lottery-protected until 2017, at which point it becomes a second-round pick and cash. That means if the Rockets do not make the playoffs before 2017, the Hawks will get a second-rounder and cash.
The Nets also hope to re-sign free-agent point guard Deron Williams, or acquire free agent Steve Nash, a two-time league MVP, to pair in the backcourt with Johnson, who average 18.8 points a game last season, and 17.8 over his 11-year career.
Johnson, who turned 31 last week, is the second big name the Nets have settled on this week, coming on the heels of the 4-year, $40 million deal they agreed to to keep small forward Gerald Wallace over the weekend.
If they also re-sign Williams, or get Nash, that could make it difficult to get center Dwight Howard from the Orland Magic. Howard has reportedly reiterated his demand to the Magic that he be traded to Brooklyn.
Early Tuesday, however, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Twitter that the Nets and Magic are in talks about a potential trade for Howard. The reported deal would have New Jersey sending Brook Lopez, Marshon Brooks, Kris Humphries and three future first-round draft picks to Orlando for Howard.
The Nets will play next season in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn after having played in New Jersey since 1977.
Ferry and the Hawks made another trade Monday, sending forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for point guard Devin Harris, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
Harris became available when the Jazz acquired point guard Mo Williams in a trade over the weekend. Hawks point guard Kirk Hinrich is a restricted free agent.