Johnson was tough as nails last season and had some big moments, but also lacks elite athleticism, upside, and any offensive game. More specifically, there were a lot of rumors about him being difficult to get along with in the locker room. The Hawks tendered him a qualifying offer when free agency began and pretty much sat on it while no other teams made bigs.
If Johnson can get his mind in a professional set, he could help the Hawks considerably this season, with Zaza Pachulia having struggled last season and Al Horford getting back into top condition after an injury held him out until the playoffs. A fitting end to the NBA's free-agency summer as training camp draws near.