Monday, July 5, 2010

Johnson Handcuffs Hawks By Accepting Max Deal

Joe Johnson is staying with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent said in a blog published on the Huffington Post website Sunday.

Arn Tellem, Johnson's agent, said that Johnson agreed to accept the club's six-year, $119M contract offer. He confirmed the post to The AP ((presumably, FOSG Paul Newberry)).

"For his next act, Joe plans to actively recruit other top free agents to Atlanta, a place not unlike his hometown, where he feels comfortable and appreciated," Tellem wrote. "LeBron, you've already met with the front offices of six teams. How about considering the Hawks?"

The HQ thinks everyone associated with this deal has lost their damn minds. Tellem for even floating the above paragraph, Johnson for signing after a season where he criticized ownership, and ownership for thinking that this will help cure what ails this moribund franchise.

They still have to sign more players as Johnson is overrated and cannot do this alone. The interesting point now for Atlanta Spirit is who they think they'll attract and/or even re-sign for this roster with the money they don't have.

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