Trade is the name of the game, at least for the Atlanta Hawks. That's the main reason The Stack is posting on this Tuesday. Don't have much, but what's in here is good so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, July3:
1. Hawks make two big trades
There's a new sheriff in town and he means business. Atlanta Hawks new GM Danny Ferry has already put his stamp on the team only a week into the job following Monday's two huge trades. The first trade was by far the biggest in which the Hawks shipped Joe Johnson to Brooklyn for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and a future first round pick (lottery protected by Houston in 2013). All but Stevenson's contract are expiring which I believe means that Atlanta can write them off the books and get some serious cap space. Johnson came to Atlanta from the Phoenix Suns in a trade and just could not get the Hawks to be a team to reckon with in the eastern conference. They were a consistent playoff team, but always seemed to exit in the first round. This is a big trade for the Nets. Assuming they can re-sign Deron Williams, this could give them a one-two punch and the Nets still have enough pieces to trade for Orlando's Dwight Howard, who says Brooklyn is the only team he wants to go to. That would give them a pretty good big three, one that's not nearly as good as Miami's, but could get the Nets near the top in the eastern conference.
The Hawks weren't done trading though on Monday. They sent forward Marvin Williams to Utah for point guard Devin Harris. This is a fantastic trade by the Hawks. Harris is a player with a lot of potential and Williams never lived up to the billing of the being the number two overall pick. Harris is a definite improvement for the Hawks and they shed a ton of money off the books Monday meaning, like I said earlier above, that they will have a lot of money to be able to spend in free agency. Whether or not they land anyone remains to be seen, but for now, the Hawks look to be going in a pretty good direction after Monday.
2. Some surprises at Wimbledon
Monday was a crazy day at Wimbledon. Roger Federer took a medical timeout, something he's rarely done if at all in his career, but came back to beat Xavier Malisse in four sets. Is Federer himself? Doesn't look like it. He's struggling a bit in Wimbledon, but is still considered a championship contender following Rafael Nadal's departure last week. Novak Djokovic breezed through his match winning in three sets.
On the women's side, it was a lot more unsettling. Serena Williams struggled against Yaroslava Shvedova, winning in 7-5 in the third set to claim the match. Williams just hasn't looked herself, but she has survived and should be considered a title contender following the stunning upset of Maria Sharapova, who lost to Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-3. Sharapova had been playing so well so this comes as a real shock. Add to it that Kim Clijsters lost her final Wimbledon match of her career (she plans on retiring), and the door is wide open now on the women's side. The favorite now, at least in my eyes is Petra Kvitiva.
That does it for today. No big name hockey deals were made Monday and Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are still on the open market. Expect a decision soon. And congrats to Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on his 900th career victory as a manager following the Twins 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers Monday night. That's a great accomplishment. We are off tomorrow unless a major story unfolds, but we'll plan to get to it Thursday or Friday.
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