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Mavs trade Johnson for Hawks' second-round pick

ATLANTA -- Veteran guard Anthony Johnson will begin his
third stint with the Atlanta Hawks after the Dallas Mavericks traded him for
the Hawks' second-round draft pick.

The 32-year-old Johnson previously played in 112 games with the
Hawks from 1998-2000 and 2000-01, averaging 3.6 points and 1.8 assists.

"We're happy to be able to bring Anthony Johnson back to
Atlanta," Hawks president Billy Knight said. "He provides us with
another veteran presence, and brings a great deal of regular season
and postseason experience to our club."

The acquisition of Johnson is another attempt by Knight to
bolster the point guard position, where free-agent addition Speedy Claxton, who was signed in the offseason to a four-year, $25
million deal, has been a disappointment.

Claxton played only 21 minutes in the Hawks' 103-96 loss to San
Antonio on Wednesday night. He was scoreless with two assists.
Royal Ivey started at point guard and played only eight minutes.

Claxton missed 11 games in January with a sore left knee and has
played in only 36 games for the season, averaging 5.7 points and 4.6 assists.

Johnson averaged 3.8 points and 2.0 assists in 40 games with
Dallas this season. He also has played for Sacramento, Orlando,
Cleveland, New Jersey and Indiana.

He scored a career-high 9.2 points per game for the Pacers last
season. Johnson also averaged 4.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 75
games, including 53 starts.

Johnson scored a career-high 40 points in the playoffs last
season against New Jersey and averaged 20.0 points in the six-game series.