April 16, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris (5) dribbles while defended by Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (2) during the second half at Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Mavericks 123-121 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Utah Jazz And Atlanta Hawks Agree To Swap Devin Harris And Marvin Williams (Grade The Trade)

The Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks have agreed (in principle) to a trade that would send point guard Devin Harris to Atlanta in exchange for small forward Marvin Williams, according to several sources.

During the regular season, Harris averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 assists a game (his lowest scoring numbers since the 06-07 season).

Marvin Williams averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks.

Grade For Utah: B -

With former Clippers point guard Mo Williams recently acquired from Los Angeles, Devin Harris became expendable. His numbers had been declining across the board and clearly the Jazz wanted nothing more to do with him.

Utah can easily slot in Marvin at the starting 3 spot and have him play along with Mo Williams, Gordon Hayward, Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson in the starting lineup.

Williams has yet to live up to his #2 overall pick back in 2005 (picked ahead of Chris Paul, Deron Williams), but he’s still a solid small forward who should mesh well with the young roster of the Jazz.

Grade For Atlanta: B

The Atlanta Hawks already have their starting point guard of the future in Jeff Teague. Devin Harris is a suitable backup, but this deal was more or less about the financial stability rather than the player.

Devin Harris’ contract comes off the books this season at just under $8.5 million (Marvin had 2 years left at $8.3 million and $7.5 million). Add that to the recent Joe Johnson deal and the Hawks will have now sent away over $105 million dollars in long-term salary while bringing in just over $23 million.

With this newfound cap space, Atlanta will be major players in the 2013 free-agency hunt when Dwight Howard and Chris Paul  become available.

Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports

Tags: Atlanta Hawks Chris Paul Devin Harris Dwight Howard Marvin Williams Utah Jazz

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