Joe Johnson Hesitating on Hawks’ Max Offer

by July 03, 2010

There still have been no indications that Johnson won’t accept the Hawks’ offer, but he’s keeping his options open while other top free agents make their decisions. Chris Sheridan reports: “Sources said Johnson was still considering whether it would be a better career move to play in New York or Chicago, and his ultimate decision would hinge upon which of the top free agents make commitments to those teams. […] When Atlanta quickly offered Johnson approximately $119 million over six years — nearly $27 million more than any other team could offer — it was believed the four-time All-Star was no longer available. But sources said his continued hesitancy to commit to the deal was a sign that Johnson wanted to keep his options open. One source said the chances of Johnson accepting Atlanta’s offer were “slightly” better that 50-50. If Johnson chose a team other than the Hawks, he could still sign a max contract if a sign-and-trade could be worked out.”