Atlanta Hawks: Joe Johnson is back

Joe Johnson’s agent, Arn Tellem, confirmed in a blog post at Huffington Post that Johnson accepted the terms of a six-year contract offer from the Hawks. Johnson and the Hawks finalized the details of the deal on Sunday but a contract can’t be signed until July 8 under free-agent rules.

In the blog post, Tellem offered some insight into J.J.’s decision:

When the free-agency period kicked in, Joe made a point of talking to the Hawks first. Their owners and new coach, Larry Drew, impressed Joe with their commitment to making the team championship-caliber. In turn, Joe felt equally committed to the Hawks, his teammates and the city of Atlanta.

With all his success, Joe remains as grounded as he was a decade ago at our first meeting in Little Rock. His priorities are his family, his friends and his game. 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.

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.

J.J.’s contract is expected to be worth roughly $120 million, with the exact value to be determined after the league completes its audit later this week. Once the contract is signed, the Hawks will have about $63 million in salaries committed to 10 players for 2010-11. That includes J.J.’s projected salary of about $15.8 million and Jordan Crawford’s rookie-scale salary of about $1 million.

The total doesn’t include the $4.8 million qualifying offer for restricted free agent Josh Childress, who has drawn interest from Washington. The Hawks would have the right to match an offer sheet Childress signs with another team. Childress has until July 15 to notify Greek team Olypiakos if he plans to opt-in for the final year of his contract.

MC

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Harry Hawk

July 4th, 2010
3:51 pm

Joe’s pitch: “I’m not Wade, LeBron, or Bosh. Or Dirk. Or Amare. Come play with me and you’ll be stuck losing in the Eastern Conference semis every year. Also, you’ll have to take less money to do so because I’m vastly overpaid.”

Sounds good.

Steve

July 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

If I was in Joe’s shoes, would have done the same thing. Welcome back Joe, and congratulations on being rich!

CyberSpiff

July 4th, 2010
4:01 pm

$120M for JJ? Is that $1M a year for 120 years? You mean we couldn’t have found a better player who actually appreciates the fans for the same? or less?

Sorry Joe, but you lost this and possibly other fans with your childish attitude last year. We are the ones paying your salary and your responses last year were beneath a player of your stature.

Gilley

July 4th, 2010
4:01 pm

I want to hear about this no trade clause/exception that was supposedly discussed and finalized. You know anything about it MC???

Melvin

July 4th, 2010
4:02 pm

Welcome back Joe…

i_am_soulstar

July 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

Thanks for staying JJ. But I’m just glad that’s over so the Rick Sund can focus on everything else.

If JJ’s serious about doing some recruiting, then that’ll be good for the Hawks. Because other than Shaq, I haven’t heard a single player talk about going to the Hawks.

@DanWeiner

July 4th, 2010
4:04 pm

What’s done is done. Whether it’s a good decision or not, it’s time move on, declare Joe’s playoff comments water under the bridge and support him and the team. Welcome back, Joe. Let’s go out and keep getting better.

Harry Hawk

July 4th, 2010
4:05 pm

I remember the Hawks not making the playoffs for years, so this does confirm that the Hawks will be a playoff team for the next few seasons. From a financial standpoint, that is a good thing for ASG. I’m just unhappy that a deal like this had to be done in order to maintain the status quo, which I’m afraid does not include truly contending for a championship.

Hawkie the fanboy

July 4th, 2010
4:06 pm

Hey Rusty. aren’t you glad JJ is coming back? Now we can keep watching him dribble, dribble, dribble then miss the shot! At least knocak got his money from a good playoff series.

chuckw/deadjournalist

July 4th, 2010
4:07 pm

Tellem’s last line:

“LeBron, you’ve already met with the front offices of six teams. How about considering the Hawks?”

js

July 4th, 2010
4:08 pm

Welcome back JJ!! 2 questions:1)who does JJ have in mind to recruit and 2) is the ownership is on the same page?

ryan

July 4th, 2010
4:08 pm

We need go and get Tyson Chandler and Josh Childress for Mello.

STEEL (Formerly VenomSpitter)

July 4th, 2010
4:10 pm

Well whats done is done. I tell u this tho, if he doesn’t perform he will be more hated in Atl than John Rocker.

Remarkable

July 4th, 2010
4:10 pm

JJ Help us get a center and find a home for Marvin and Bibby.

Bleu_Bayou42

July 4th, 2010
4:10 pm

The Hawks are lucky to have kept him. If we can just keep the current team we have in tack we will be in the Eastern Championship game against the Magic. The Celtics are old and older. A Lebron lead team will be no better than 2009-10 team. The Hawks now have a shot. Despite how JJ played last year in the playoffs we would have NO chance without him.

bap

July 4th, 2010
4:10 pm

Anyone know what free agents were going after? how about any trades brewing live in Indiana don’t get much info on the squad during the summer

Prickly Pete

July 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

MC

If the Hawks have $63 million tied up in 10 players, how much room does that leave them under the cap? Thanks.

BrittishAnger

July 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

He’s going to actively recruit….you know the sound Sideshow Bob makes when he steps on a rake? Atlanta is collectively making that sound right now….

LOL!!!

July 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

Here come the haters in 5,4,3,2,1…………………

LOL!!!

July 4th, 2010
4:11 pm

Here come the haters in 5,4,3,2,1…………………

Icarus

July 4th, 2010
4:12 pm

Hey wait,

Atlanta has an NBA team?

NICO

July 4th, 2010
4:12 pm

WELCOME BACK JOE!!! THANKS FOR STAYING!! LETS GET SOME GOOD FREE AGENTS & HOPEFULLY COACH DREW WILL MOVE YOU AROUND ON OFFENSE MORE & RUN YOU THROUGH SOME PICS & TELL COACH DREW WE NEED EVERYBODY TO BE MORE PHYSICAL!!

Phucker_jenkins

July 4th, 2010
4:13 pm

Joe needs to pick up every single check with a ski mask and a Glock, cause this deal was aggravated strong armed robbery!

Jordan

July 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

Joe has to hear from all you sissy fans about a comment he made when he was pissed off about losing and having a bad game/series. Half of you probably cuss your wife everyday. When people shoot at you (fans) it’s kind of normal stuff to shoot back. Joe’s a good dude and a great player. Is he over paid? A little. Is he James, Wade or Kobe? Nope. But he’s damn good and we are lucky to have him. Also we no longer have a worthless coach. So go easy on Joe and let’s try to get better and kick some butt. And remember it’s not Joe’s fault the dumbarse owners offered him a billion dollars. Go Joe, welcome back and let’s kick butt.

Chip Shot

July 4th, 2010
4:14 pm

i would work out a deal for CP3 now. the blazers basically offered the hornets like players to try to get paul and none of the players offered were any good except andre miller.

Chip Shot

July 4th, 2010
4:16 pm

like 5 players**

David

July 4th, 2010
4:18 pm

wow..combined with his last contracdt Atlanta will have paid Johnson 180-190 million dollars. WOW

bap

July 4th, 2010
4:18 pm

Need sharp shooter to camp out and bang tri fectos aka Eddie house cheap bibbys brother in law. Brendan haywood good fit for center. Good NBA rumor mill site hoopshype.com

Schmohawk

July 4th, 2010
4:22 pm

bap

Bibby’s turning into that type of guy already. Bibby can’t defend and he’s not nearly as effective as he once was at penetrating to the middle of the defense. At this point in his career, he’s really best suited to the spot up shooter type role you describe.

Section 303

July 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

Assuming Joe will apologize for being a douchebag and ripping the fans, I’m fine with this. I think Joe’s presser announcing the signing will be interesting.

As I was booing Joe off the floor when he was taken out of Game 4 against Orlando, I never thought he would be back in a Hawks uniform again. I’m glad he is….just as long as I hear “I’m sorry for what I said” come out of his mouth.

Steve

July 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

I like the fact that he’s recruiting Jame’s, at least his agent is – We probably have the most to give in a sign and trade with the Cavs – Josh or Jamal, Marvin, Bibby and 2 1st picks – then get O’Neal or O’Neil – could you imagine a 3-some of Johnson, James and Horford, with Jamal coming off the bench? Okay, I’m dreaming, but if LeBron was serious, we do have the best team for him to be on – and ASG would do that all day long – they would make more on marketing than LeBron’s contract would be worth.

The Boss

July 4th, 2010
4:24 pm

JJ’s new contract = John Koncaks of the 80’s
At least with Koncak I could hate the Pistons…..but who am I to hate here? This one is self Inflicted.

Sam

July 4th, 2010
4:25 pm

Worst signing in the history of professional sports. We are going to be paying Joe the same amount of money as whoever signs Lebron or Dewayne Wade. No way is he even close to their level. We are going to have no money to pay anyone else. Hope everyone enjoys watching Mo Evans b/c all we are going to be able to afford is guys like him. If we want any chance of winning, we need to move Josh Childress and Josh Smith ASAP. They are our best trade chips and could bring something useful in return (plus we might could free up some cap room). Childress for Hinrich anyone? Then Joe wouldn’t have to guard everyone’s best 1 or 2.

FormerHawkFan

July 4th, 2010
4:25 pm

Unbelievable!!!!!!!!! Joe Johnson has made it clear he does not like the fans of Atlanta. ASG screws up again. Why even go to the games when we are not appreciated. I know I am not going. To heck with all of them and their $. I don’t know if they get it that the fans pay their salaries. We have already proven we cannot win with this roster. What’s Up????????????

underdog

July 4th, 2010
4:26 pm

IM TELLING YOU THAT THIS WILL BE A GOOD DEAL IN THE LONG RUN..IT”S NO WAY WE COULD LET JOE WALK.. WITH OUT THE MONEY TWO SIGN ANY STAR PLAYER CLOSE TOO JOE.SO ITS WHAT ITS IS…SOME TMIE IT THE MOVE U DONT MAKE ARE THE RIGHT ONE..THEIR WAS TEAM OUT THERE THAT WANTED JOE THAT BEING SAID THEY WILL WANT HIM DOWN THE ROAD SO .ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS WAIT..OK ALL THAT BEING SAID WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE ..WE NEED A CENTER MAKE THAT 2 CENTER AND A PG..WE NEEED A TAKE CHARGE GUY THAT WILL CALL OUT GUYS AND MAKE THIS TEAM BETTER..AND WELCOME BACK JOE….GO HAWKS

Chad

July 4th, 2010
4:26 pm

Sund, you truly are one of the worst GM’s in professional basketball.

Barton

July 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

Ugh.. This stinks. I don’t even know what else to say.

Real Hawks Fan!

July 4th, 2010
4:28 pm

The resigning of Joe Johnson is great news!

it’s funny how people forget how bad we were without Joe Johnson.

I suffered long enough throughout the early 2000’s; I’m glad Joe stayed and all
of you ship hoppers should be too!

When they sucked people never commented on Hawks Columns!

WELCOME BACK JOE JOHNSON – NOW LET’S FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED AND BRING THAT CHAMPIONSHIP TO THE A!

THIS TEAM WILL BE BETTER THAN DOMINIQUES HAWKS TEAM!

HawkNoMore

July 4th, 2010
4:28 pm

I agree. This shoud go down as the worst sign in the history of pro sports. What a joke. He is a proven loser.

Real Talk

July 4th, 2010
4:29 pm

OK that’s it I had enough with this joke of a team. I will not be renewing my season tickets.

Dr. Warren

July 4th, 2010
4:29 pm

This is somewhat of a relief–at least we probably won’t suck again for a long time.

bap

July 4th, 2010
4:30 pm

Heard gstate interested in Marvin let’s pull another jcrawford trade with them what a steal how about Josh childress wants back into league sign and trade sounds like a smart move on our part.

HawkNoMore

July 4th, 2010
4:31 pm

NikkiFree

July 4th, 2010
4:31 pm

Well, it’s official. I’m through with the Hawks for the next six years then. consider this comment my last posting on ajc.com regarding the Hawks.

Real Hawks Fan!

July 4th, 2010
4:31 pm

DEWAYNE WADE AND LEBRON DON”T WANT TO PLAY FOR ATLANTA PEOPLE!

mike

July 4th, 2010
4:31 pm

where home town discount, like dirt did for dallas, are atlanta worse city than dallas, or dirt better man compare to jj.

Daddy Long Long

July 4th, 2010
4:32 pm

WAY TO BE AGRESSIVE HAWKS!! Joe, welcome baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!! Let’s go out and get Diesel and contend for a title this year, aye?

bigdave

July 4th, 2010
4:32 pm

ASG way to step op to the plate!!!!!!

good job Sund/ Drew…

Joe welcome back.. glad you didnt turn your back on the city your represent well in the midst of defeat.. you are an unappreciated talent..

ENJOY THUMBIN THRU THAT CHECK.. !! SHEEEEESH!

bigstack19

July 4th, 2010
4:33 pm

Worst deal in NBA history! Why spend this kind of dough and handcuff your ability to add players for years for a guy who averaged 21 pts a game and vanished in the playoffs? How else do the Hawks improve now? The coaching hire was a joke. The ownership group consists of a bunch of morons. The GM appears clueless not counting the Jamal Crawford trade. The Hawks will never be as good as the Celtics or Magic and will continue to be the 4th or 5th best team in the East.

Sam

July 4th, 2010
4:33 pm

Don’t forget, Dominique’s teams never won anything. He was just like Joe – a guy who failed to make his teammates any better. That is exactly why the Hawks will never win a championship with guys like Joe or Dominique as your leader.