Thursday , Feb , 22 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks acquire Anthony Johnson from Dallas

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks have acquired guard Anthony
Johnson from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for a second-round pick in the
2007 NBA Draft.

This will be Johnson’s third stint with the Hawks. He played for Atlanta from
1998-2000 and again during the 2000-01 campaign, and has averaged 3.6 points
with 1.8 assists in 112 games for the franchise.

“We’re happy to be able to bring Anthony Johnson back to Atlanta,” said Hawks
general manager Billy Knight in a release. “He provides us with another
veteran presence, and brings a great deal of regular season and postseason
experience to our club.”

The Hawks entered Thursday’s action 5 1/2 games out of the last playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference.

Johnson played 40 games for the Western Conference-leading Mavericks this
season and averaged 3.8 points with 2.0 assists in just over 14 minutes. He
was acquired from Indiana in a June 24, 2006 trade.

“We would like to thank Anthony for his contributions this season,” Mavericks
general manager Donnie Nelson said in a release. “This move gives us
flexibility and a valuable pick in a very deep draft.”

Last season with the Pacers, Johnson posted a career-best 9.2 points in 75
games. He also started all six playoff games against New Jersey and averaged
20.0 points.

The 32-year-old College of Charleston product has averaged 5.6 points and 2.8
assists in 586 regular-season games with Sacramento, Orlando, Cleveland, New
Jersey, Indiana, Atlanta and Dallas.