In his first week on the job, Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry accomplished what many cynical Hawks fans deemed virtually impossible: He traded Joe Johnson with his astronomical contract and found a taker for underachieving Marvin Williams.The deals will not become official until July 11, but Ferry has agreements in place to trade Johnson, who has $90 million remaining on a contract that was the richest in NBA history at the time, to the Brooklyn Nets for four player with expiring contracts and a conditional first-round draft pick. In a separate deal, Ferry sent Williams, the 2005 No. 2 pick overall pick in the NBA Draft, to the Utah Jazz for talented point guard Devin Harris whose contract expires after the upcoming season, too.It’s one thing to move either of those players, but for Ferry to trade both — and in his first week on the job — well, NBA fans in Atlanta might be ready to give a parade in his honor.In the Johnson deal, the Hawks get back reserve point guard Jordan Farmar, former Georgia Tech three-point specialist Anthony Morrow, someone named Johan Petro, the limited DeShawn Stevenson and young prospect Jordan Williams. Atlanta also would receive a 2013 first-round draft pick that is lottery-protected through 2016.Williams was exchanged straight up for Devin Harris, who can push Jeff Teague for the starting point guard job.Clearly, Ferry’s ambition is to create considerable space under the salary cap for next summer, when they can make a push for then-free agents like center Dwight Howard and lead guard Chris Paul.Once the trades become official — at the end of NBA’s moratorium on trades the Hawks will have dismissed as much as y $100 million in future salary commitments while taking back about $25 million.Johnson, 31, is owed nearly $90 million over the next four seasons. The six-time All-Star is considered among the best shooting guards in the Eastern Conference but has been unable to escape the shadow of his contract, especially after he had disappointing performances in the past two playoffs.Next likely to go is forward Josh Smith, who asked to be traded to a team with a stronger commitment to winning. Smith’s contract expires after next season and if he isn’t open to an extension, Ferry could be motivated to trade him instead of risk losing Smith for nothing. Ferry said recently that he plans to meet with Smith soon.
Three more persons have been arrested for their alleged role in setting house of a Dalit family ablaze in Sunped village, taking the total number of arrests in the case to seven while four accused were still at large.Commissioner of Police, Subhash Yadav said: “Seven persons out of total eleven accused named by the family have been arrested so far. We are hopeful to nab other culprits soon.” The three accused were held last night. He said the situation in the village was peaceful now. “Further investigations are underway,” he added. Earlier in the day, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited the family of the two Dalit kids, who were charred to death on the night of October 19/20.Khattar said the incident should not be given a “political or casteist colour”.Haryana’s Director General of Police Y P Singal has said that as per investigations so far, an old enmity appeared to be the trigger behind the gruesome incident. The Haryana government had on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe into the case, meeting the demand raised by the victim family.While the children perished in the blaze allegedly set off by some upper caste men who had a running feud with the Dalit family, their mother Rekha, 28, suffered serious burn injuries and was admitted to a Delhi hospital.Their father Jitender (31), was also injured while trying to save them. The family had named 11 people as accused.Eight police officials including Inspector Anil Kumar, Officer-In-charge of Sadar Ballagbarh police station have been suspended.Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts visited the house of the victims. They conducted a thorough search of the room and collected crucial evidence. The room was locked by the police since the incident and Jitender, the father of the slain kids, was shifted to verandah where he takes rest on a makeshift bed. Police teams also questioned Jitender’s neighbour on Thursday.“Since the accused had allegedly scaled walls and set the house afire by pouring petrol over window, we found it very essential to question neigbours in this case. Some of them may turn out to be eye witnesses,” said an official, who did not disclose further details.