According to a Brian Windhorst tweet, the Atlanta Hawks have traded shooting guard Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for veteran small forward Dahntay Jones.
The Hawks had been at the center of most trade deadline talks as they were looking to move star power forward Josh Smith. Smith was not traded, and according to Chad Ford, the Hawks pulled out of a three team deal with Milwuakee and Orlando at 2:59 PM, one minute before the NBA’s deadline.
Morrow fell out of Atlanta’s rotation after suffering an injury early in the season, losing most of his minutes to rookie John Jenkins upon his return.
Jenkins’ progress and improved play from the beginning of the season likely made Morrow expendable. With the way the Hawks roster is currently constructed, they were in need of a small forward. Jones must have fit the bill, and while he isn’t a star player, he’s useful enough to crack the rotation. It may not be a big, headlining deadline move, but with GM Danny Ferry keeping Smith on the team for the rest of the season, it’s in his best interest and in the best interest of the team to tweak the roster in anyway that can benefit Atlanta’s play moving towards the playoffs.