Apr 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward John Salmons (25) drives for the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) tries to defend in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks trade Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira for John Salmons

Today on Twitter, news broke that the Atlanta Hawks have traded Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira to the Toronto Raptors for John Salmons:

According to Wojnarowski, who broke the news with the tweet above, the Hawks could use this deal to continue clearing space for a potential future move:

This move comes as a fairly big surprise because Nogueira was just last year’s first round selection. However, he was always thought of as a long-term project and if Danny Ferry is confident that a move can be made soon to make the team a real competitor sooner, this makes a ton of sense. In addition, this move makes the Hawks recent draft selection of 7-3 Walter Tavares make a lot more sense as well.

In addition to getting Salmons and his contract, Chris Vivlamore recently broke that the Hawks also got a future second-round pick while confirming the trade:

Regardless, this move opens up many different possibilities for the Hawks this offseason, as our very own Brad Rowland notes on Twitter:

Tags: Atlanta Hawks John Salmons Lou Williams Lucas Nogueira Trade

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