Raptors, Hawks agree on trade

The Raptors are trading John Salmons to the Hawks, who will then be waived when the deal is made...

The Raptors are trading John Salmons to the Hawks, who will then be waived when the deal is made official. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency/Files)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

TORONTO - Benefitting from Atlanta's desire to maximize its cap space, Toronto is on the verge of picking up two assets for virtually nothing.

The Raptors and Hawks agreed in principle Sunday to a deal that will send combo guard Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira, a 7-foot centre who was the 16th overall selection at last June's NBA draft, in exchange for John Salmons, who will be waived by the Hawks when the deal is officially completed on Monday.

Only $1 million U.S. of Salmons' salary is guaranteed, while Williams has one year and $5.45 million remaining. Atlanta now has considerable money to spend to enhance its roster, while Toronto could still stay under the luxury tax, even if free agents Kyle Lowry, Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez are retained, though spending the mid-level exception as well likely would not be possible.

With Williams in the picture though, Vasquez might become a casualty, if Lowry is convinced to stay, even though Vasquez is a far more traditional point guard.


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