UPDATE: Joe Johnson Staying With Atlanta

by July 04, 2010

According to FanHouse‘s Sam Amick, we should have Johnson’s final decision by Sunday evening: “After some deliberation about whether it’d be better to play for New York or Chicago, two sources close to Johnson told FanHouse at 6 p.m. Pacific Saturday that he will make his final decision in the next day and that ‘barring a major change in the next 24 hours it’s Atlanta.’ The second source said he was simply ‘leaning’ toward the Hawks, which could give forward Amar’e Stoudemire and the Knicks a sliver of hope to ramp up their own recruiting efforts.”

UPDATE: It’s a done deal. “After two days of tinkering with contract language, Joe Johnson has agreed to a six-year, $119 million deal to stay with the Atlanta Hawks…’His priorities are his family, his friends and his game,’ Johnson’s agent Arn Tellem wrote in a blog entry for The Huffington Post. ‘Joe could have forced a sign-and-trade deal for five years with another team, but he decided that winning in Atlanta would be more meaningful. When the Hawks offered the maximum – six years – he happily reciprocated.'”