Dallas– Left Joe Johnson for a while at All-Star media availability on Friday to get some other stuff, and then caught up with him as he finally stood from his table and got the heck out of there.
So did you get many questions from reporters about your potential free agency after the season?
“Yeah,” he said, smiling wearily.
And what did you tell them?
“I told them the truth: Who knows what’s going to happen in July?” he said, repeating the standard response he’s given to hacks who come through Atlanta and corner him on the subject.
But doesn’t the fact you approached the Hawks about an extension last summer indicate you’d prefer to stay in Atlanta?
“I’d love to,” he said, “but who knows what happens, man.”
That’s about as close as J.J. will come to saying he intends to re-sign with the Hawks. That’s good business, of course. No need to say one way or another until he sees how the Hawks finish out the season and then he can get a feel for the market.
And even after Johnson tipped his hand by asking for the extension (but later declining the Hawks’ four-year, $60 million offer for CBA reasons), the Hawks understand there’s a real chance he might decide to sign elsewhere for whatever reason(s). J.J. probably really doesn’t know what’s going to happen right now.
In the meantime, expect the same noncommittal answers from him as reporters continue to ask him about his free-agency plans.