The five-player trade between the Hawks and the Wizards had been in the works throughout the latter part Wednesday afternoon, and was finalized sometime shortly before the Hawks were set to tip-off in Phoenix against the Suns. Atlanta came back from 14 points down in the third quarter to tie it in the fourth, before eventually falling by a final of 105-97.

For the players in the Hawks locker room afterward, it wasn't about Wednesday's game. It was about realizing that guys they had formed a bond with were suddenly now gone. And even a few hours later, Atlanta's key players were still having a hard time dealing with the sudden shake-up.

"I was a little shocked," Jamal Crawford said. "I knew something could possibly happen but ... you know, those guys, they're like family. You spend so much time with them over the course of the year. Mo, Mike, and Jordan, they're like family. I wish them nothing but the best."

Josh Smith similarly talked about how his now former teammates will be missed.

"All three of those guys had become brothers to us," Smith said. "We're kind of sad, we are sad that they're leaving. We wanted to win this game, we knew that Bibby asked for all the tickets before we came. Unfortunately we made the trade before he was able to play in front of his home crowd. I wish those guys good luck."

Joe Johnson spoke slowly when asked about the trade, and paused frequently to try to find the right words to articulate what he was feeling.