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Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 1, 2010 2:06 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 2:22 pm
Joe Johnson will sit down for a second meeting with Hawks officials in Los Angeles Thursday and expects to make a decision on the team's six-year, $120 million offer "in the near future," his agent, Arn Tellem, told

"We met with the Hawks and Knicks [Wednesday] night and have heard a number of other teams with significant interest in Joe," Tellem said in an email. "At this point, Joe has many great options to choose from. We plan to meet with the Hawks again [Thursday] to discuss the details of their offer and we hope to make a decision in the near future."

Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Clippers also expressed interest in Johnson. But the fact that he's circling back to the Hawks so early in the process is validation of his desire to stay in Atlanta -- and also his recognition that $120 million is a lot more than the $90 million or so the other teams can offer. That's what the Knicks offered -- a five-year deal at the max, the most that they could -- according to a source familiar with the process.

In fact, one executive within the league said that perhaps the only reason Johnson has waited this long to commit to the Hawks is that he's enjoying the recruiting process that so many of the top free agents have coveted.

"I don't know what else he wants to hear," the executive said. "If that's not enough, then obviously he wants to go somewhere else. Do you want to go New York with $90 million or stay in Atlanta with $120 million and win?"

If and when Johnson commits to the Hawks, he would throw a significant portion of the Knicks' recruiting plan for LeBron James out of whack. New York was hoping, in part, to sell LeBron on pairing up with Johnson because their games and styles would complement each other better than any other two top free agents. But if Johnson doesn't wait for James to hear all the pitches from the six teams currently scheduled to meet with him in Cleveland, it's a sure sign that Johnson wasn't sold on the idea.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:50 am

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

I like David Lee but I like Amare Stoudamire even better.  A lineup of Bibby, Crawford, Josh Smith, Horford and Stoudamire!

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 6:47 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

Makes a person wanna stop watching the game.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 6:39 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

joe johnson is a SG. Ill agree with you that might not be the best pairing ever. But not because they are both SF's. When  you attack a writer and call him out for not knowing anything about the NBA you might wanna do a little research to make sure what your saying is right!!!

To say that Joe Johnson doesn't have a SG's Range or touch is the most retarted thing i have read in a while. How can you claim to be an NBA expert (you did so by calling out Berger) when you make coments like that?? Have you ever even seen Joe Johnson Play??? What do you consider "range" or "Touch" if you say Joe has neither? Watch a game before you talk, espically if you are gonna rip on someone else's OPINION

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 6:29 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

no, I have and HOPE HOPE HOPE the NBA gets like the NHL w it's spending did but will eventually FOLD. this league is a joke. Can only pray for it to go away....but I know that will never happen.

To watch a college game and then be subjected to this should burn ones eyes.

still have no idea why people watch this product.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 6:10 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

Unbelievable.  $120M for Johnson?  Way to think it through ATL.  Don't get me wrong, JJ is ridiculous when he's on.  But so is any really good NBA player.  And he's 29!  Maybe if was 25 or 26 I would think about offering this much, but c'mon man, this is superstar money.  And from watching him over the years, he will never live up to this contract.  I got a bad feeling that the NBA is going to set a terrible precedent for all of sports this off-season. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:48 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

Whoever wrote this article either doesn't pay attention to NBA basketball, never played basketball or simply doesn't know any better.  LeBron and Joe Johnson paired together, on any team, makes NO sense whatsoever.  They're both ball-handling Small Forwards.  Neither dominates the boards or low post and neither has a shooting guards range/touch.  They also both like to handle the ball a considerable amount of the time in the halfcourt set - whether through playmaking, scoring, etc...  How are they going to compliment each other well again ??? and better than any other two free agents ?!?!?!?!  Poor sports writing.  Lebron / Bosh, Lebron / David Lee, Lebron / Amare ... and many, many others would be better paired that Lebron / Joe Johnson.  This is the same reason that LeBron and DWade would be inneffective together.  Put more thought, or explanation, into what you put out on the web if you want to come off as intelligent to people who know professional basketball.

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:41 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

No doubt!  The Hawks are so poorly run.  Larry Drew as coach and then you draft a German big man who is so raw!  Just more examples of why this franchise is stuck in neutral.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:11 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

He needs to sign this deal ASAP before the ATL owner sobers up or someone reminds him that he is offer Lebron James money for a guy who isn't even the best player on his own team (I think Smith is better).  This deal ranks up there with some of the worst that Isaiah Thomas pulled off during his tenure with the Knicks.  

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:02 pm

Johnson, Hawks to have second meeting (UPDATE)

Amen brother!  All of this would be for not if we would have drafted Chris Paul instead of Marvin Williams.  But since we can't change the past, let's not screw up the future by locking in Joe Johnson for a max deal.  He is getting close to 30 years old, and he has yet to show that he can carry the Hawks.  If I am paying someone max $, I sure as heck want to get more than 2nd round of the playoffs each year in the watered down East.  Atlanta needs another big.  Maybe we can trade Joe for David Lee, and that way we could bring back Josh Childress.  Our lineup would be Bibby, Crawford, Josh Smith, Horford and Lee.  Then we could bring Teague, Jordan Crawford, Josh Childress, and Marvin Williams off the bench.  Heck we would even have extra dollars to bring in another mid-level guy like Jermaine Oneal or Ray Allen. 

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 3:43 pm

Say it ain't so...Joe

As a Hawks fan I am somewhat disgusted that Joe Johnson has been offered a max contract.  This will have a young up-and-coming team hamstrung from growth.  His best play is iso-Joe and when he is shut down the offense collapses.  I honestly would rather have the Hawks be putrid for a year or two without Joe and then draft or sign a big man.  Or even trade Joe and another player to the Nuggets, for example, for a Carmelo Anthony who is a 2nd tier star.  Joe is a 3rd tier star.  The only way Atlanta will ever get a top tier star would be through the draft.  Of course they whiffed at their chance to draft Chris Paul when the team desperately needed a point guard.

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