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Johnson "intrigued" by Chicago and New York

Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:04 pm
Joe Johnson is “intrigued” by the possibility of playing in Chicago or New York, an explanation for why he still hasn’t accepted the Hawks’ max contract offer, a person with knowledge of the situation told Friday night.

While Johnson, the centerpiece of the Hawks’ revived franchise, continues to lean toward returning to Atlanta, the developing situations with the Bulls and Knicks have his attention, the person familiar with the process said. The Bulls are trying to create a championship duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, or one of those players with Chris Bosh. But short of that happening, Chicago would be ready to move forward with Johnson as a second option – or perhaps as part of a tandem with James or Wade.

The Knicks will look to finalize an agreement with Amar’e Stoudemire on a five-year, $100 million contract over the weekend, and Stoudemire spent much of Friday trying to recruit an All-Star to join him. One such All-Star could be Johnson, but he’d have to forfeit more than $25 million in the process because only the Hawks can offer him a sixth year.

The only way around that would be to have Johnson’s agent, Arn Tellem, organize a sign-and-trade by which Johnson could get home-town money and still go to New York or Chicago. A person with knowledge of the situation said no such talks have been broached; Johnson first has to decide whether he wants to return to the Hawks before such negotiations begin.

Hawks executives, who offered Johnson a fully guaranteed deal for six-years and $120 million immediately upon the start of free agency at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, have waited patiently while Johnson enjoys the free-agent recruiting process. But at some point, the team will need an answer so it can pursue a viable replacement, sources said.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2010 12:23 pm

Johnson "intrigued" by Chicago and New York

When its all said and done...Joe stays in Atlanta..Lebron stays in Cleveland where they will stay mediocre, and Wade in Miami! Stoudamire belongs in New York with De Antonio and the loser Knicks! I am glad Phoenix did not resign him! He is not worh the max! he can't play defense and will score his 20 a game...but thats only if he takes 30-40 shots a game! Phoenix's loss is your albatross!!LOL Good luck NY!!
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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2010 8:42 pm

Johnson "intrigued" by Chicago and New York

anybody think hawks can do a sign and  trade with knicks or bulls and end up with a true center?  ideally, noah?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 5:38 pm

Johnson "intrigued" by Chicago and New York

If Joe Johnson leaves $25 million on the table by going somewhere besides Atlanta then he is an idiot.
Of course, the Hawks are idiots for offering him a max deal.  Only LeBron and Wade are worthy of max deals this year.  But, I understand they want to try to keep him but this is a terrible contract for them.
I do agree with the other posters that Wade and LeBron will stay with their current teams.  They like being "woo'ed" but they will make more money staying where they are at.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 4:56 pm

Johnson "intrigued" by Chicago and New York

Johnson is playing his cards the best he can.  <br /><br />He wants the max contract, but knows he won't wina title in the ATL unless they get help.  So, by keeping his options open he could possibly still slide into a sign and trade.<br /><br />As a Hawks fan, Johnsons contract is just too long and too pricey.  I hope we can do a sign and trade, but if not, I would rather he jsut leave via free agency.  The least favorite option of mine is keepign Joe for a max deal.<br /><br />Don't get me wrong, I think he is one of the most well-rounded players in the league.  Shoots well, can drive on occasion, defends fairly well, passes like a PG, and grab a handful of rebounds per game.  All that being said, 2G and SF are among the two easiest positions to fill without paying a fortune.  Sure, the players you get might not be huge names, but the production they can offer is usually pretty good for the value.  So, in my mind, paying max contract for JJ is just a bad idea and will cap strap and financially burden the Hawks for years.  If Joe was in his early 20's, then I would love the idea, but the last half of this contract the Hawks will be paying for a decaying vet at a position where age has a fairly big impact.<br /><br />Love ya Joe, but I hope you go.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:28 am

Johnson "intrigued" by Chicago and New York

I tend to agree with your conclusions. James and Wade will ultimately stay in Clevland and Miami. The hype about all these guys is just to drive the money up. Just like the week before the trade deadline, half the league will be traded, but then the date passes, everyone stays where they are and we finish the season.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:24 am

Johnson "intrigued" by Chicago and New York

"Intrigued" seems to be a rehearsed word by these big free agents.  Dwayne Wade was intrigued by the New York Knicks AND the Chicago Bulls.  Joe Johnson was intrigued by the possibility of playing for the Knicks or the Bulls.  It escapes me at the moment but I'm sure I have heard that at least one other star was "intrigued" by a team. 

These guys are full of spit.  They are young and rich.  What matters to them is three things: nightlife, weather, and women.  Chicago has none of those.  Miami has all of those.  New York has two of those.  Even though they have all three, the Los Angeles Clippers Clippers are smoking something if they think they can get LeBron James.

James will stay in Cleveland. Chris Bosh will go to Miami where Wade will stay.  Amare Stoudemire will end up in New York with Joe Johnson.

Everybody wins.

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