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Stern must officiate Hawks, Joe Johnson situation

Updated: August 11, 2005, 5:05 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Three prominent parties will be plunged into varying degrees of disarray if the Joe Johnson sign-and-trade implodes.

The surest move to ensure that the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Johnson dodge that disarray is the removal of Steve Belkin as the Hawks' representative on the NBA Board of Governors.

That is why, as of Wednesday, several sources close to the endangered deal still believe that Belkin will eventually lose his governor status -- with a nudge from NBA commissioner David ...

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