Archive for July, 2010

Atlanta Hawks: Why ASG wants J.J. back (even for the max) UPDATE: Still waiting

UPDATE: Still no word on an agreement between J.J. and the Hawks. There’s been no indication that a deal won’t happen soon, with J.J.’s agent telling Marc Berman of the New York Post: “[H]e’s comfortable in Atlanta, happy, and they can offer him one more year.”

If J.J. likes the team and the money, all that’s left for the Hawks is to wait . . .

Talked to a person with insight into ASG’s rationale for offering J.J. a max contract. Basically, the plan is for the Hawks to re-sign J.J. and then add the necessary pieces to make them a true contender in the Eastern Conference.

Letting Joe leave would mean the Hawks would be worse in the short term, and the Hawks aren’t prepared to take that step back (the sign-and-trade options aren’t so appealing as to assure the team would maintain or improve). Once they made that philosophical decision, they took a look at the market for J.J. It quickly became clear that a few teams with cap space were ready to offer him the non-Bird max, so …

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Atlanta Hawks: Waiting on J.J. (UPDATE: J.J. expected to accept offer in second meeting)

Assuming he can use an extra $25 million or so, J.J. willl be back. (Bob Rosato/SI)

Assuming he can use an extra $25 million or so, J.J. willl be back. (Bob Rosato/SI)

(UPDATE: A person with knowledge of the process said the Hawks are to meet with J.J. again in L.A. with the expectation that the two sides will work out the details of a contract agreement.)

What’s up, blog people? Shaking off the cobwebs after staying up way too late and obsessively checking the Blackberry for some confirmation that J.J. accepted Atlanta’s maximium contract offer. No official word on that yet but my prediction that there’s no way he (or any other older free agent) leaves that much cash on the table is looking pretty good. I’ll update as the day goes along.

After Rick Sund met with Joe and his agent to extend the offer, the Knicks made their pitch to him. The Heat also are trying to get in the running. The Mavs also want to get an audience with Joe even though they have no cap room.

None of those teams has Atlanta’s $27 million advantage. Sure, J.J. could try to force a …

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