Atlanta Hawks: Hawks seek to retain Ivan Johnson with qualifying offer

The Hawks extended a qualifying offer to forward Ivan Johnson by Sunday’s deadline and thus maintain the right to match any offer sheets Johnson signs as a restricted free agent.

Under CBA rules, Johnson’s offer is for one year and about $966,000 guaranteed. Johnson is free to sign the qualifying offer at any time (the signing moratorium does not apply to qualifying offers) but is likely to gauge interest from other teams before doing so.

The qualifying offer expires on Oct. 1 unless the Hawks extend it. If the offer expires, Johnson would still would be a RFA with Atlanta maintaining salary-matching rights and the two sides could continue to negotiate on a new contract.

Johnson was a surprised addition to the roster last season after a strong training camp. The self-described “old rookie” had his career derailed by anger-management issues.

Johnson quickly became a fan favorite because of his powerful build, menacing appearance and physical style. Johnson turned out to be a productive rotation player for the Hawks after injuries to Al Horford and Jason Collins thinned the front court.

Johnson’s temper did get him into trouble on a couple occasions with the Hawks. Coach Larry Drew sent Johnson home from a trip and fined him after Johnson argued with teammates on the bench and the NBA fined Johnson $25,000 for flipping off fans while leaving the court following Atlanta’s Game 6 loss to Boston.

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yoursporthousedotcom

July 2nd, 2012
4:05 pm

BYC

July 2nd, 2012
4:06 pm

Good for him, played hard this season

Atlhawksfan

July 2nd, 2012
4:07 pm

Ivan the terrible had some great minutes last season. Plays hard and deserves a contract.

Melvin

July 2nd, 2012
4:07 pm

Ivan better sign that offer before the Hawks make a trade and get 50 other players in return. Then they will rescind that QO….

@atlsportfan4eva

July 2nd, 2012
4:11 pm

Smart move on Danny Ferry’s part. He plays with a lot of passion and hustle now just tell LD to loosen the chain a little.

glw

July 2nd, 2012
4:11 pm

Yeah glad they did that, nothing much to lose in tenderng him, at least they can match. I saw where Lavoy Allen, a very similar player as Ivan got 2yr/6 million to resign. I hope no one throws money at Ivan and he flys under the radar and can return. Maybe that was the thinking in drafting Scott, just in case a team like a Charlotte or New Jersey throws him a little money, you got to figure he would take it and the cap strapped Hawks wont match it.

jsmoove

July 2nd, 2012
4:11 pm

O'Brien

July 2nd, 2012
4:12 pm

Melvin,

Morrow and Farmar would be expiring next year, along with Zaza and Josh’s (if he isn’t traded). That’s over $25 mil coming off the books.

If the Nets want us to take Morrow and Gerald Green, I would consider it if we get Brooks and a first round pick back. However, if they are going to include Petro too, I would want a trade exception as well.

That being said, I can’t see the Nets giving up Brooks, a first round pick, and a $4 mil trade exception. I think they will give up 2 out of the 3.

O'Brien

July 2nd, 2012
4:13 pm

Golden State is open to trading for Dwight, even with no guarantees of resigning him. Would they be interested in Joe? He would be a good fit with the smaller/not so good on defense PG Steph Curry.

Problem is, they already have Bogut, David Lee, Richard Jefferson, and Biedrins all making over $9 mil each year, and they all have at least 2 years left (player options included)

What’s the better deal? 4 years, $60 mil for Eric Gordon, or 4 years, $89 mil for JJ? Give me Eric Gordon, and I think Houston is in pursuit of him. If Eric Gordon signs elsewhere, maybe they will come around to JJ (especially if Chicago matches their 3 years, $25 mil offer to Asik). JJ would be a good fit with Dragic in the backcourt.

Grandad,

You’ve always been a fan of Asik. What do you think of his 3 years, $25 mil contract offer?

MsDee

July 2nd, 2012
4:14 pm

RT @WojYahooNBA: Anthony Davis suffered severely sprained ankle in Hornets workout and almost assuredly is unable to play for Team USA.

OUCH!

MsDee

July 2nd, 2012
4:14 pm

Looks like its more of a curse to pick the #1 draft pick

yoursporthousedotcom

July 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

O’Brien,

The only problem with Eric Gordon is keeping him on the floor. Say what you want about Joe, at least he was playing 90% or the time. He’s not Chipper Jones, getting a hefty pay check and not even playing a full season.

i_am_soulstar

July 2nd, 2012
4:18 pm

Too bad for Anthony Davis. I hope he doesn’t have Greg Oden’s luck.

tjhook

July 2nd, 2012
4:20 pm

I’m wondering if San Antonio would be interested in Ivan Johnson. He is from there and would help bring the toughness with structure that Diaw and Blair didn’t bring. I could see Johnson as a good rotation player for them. I like him for the Hawks, but I’m looking at teams who might want to bring him in.

doc

July 2nd, 2012
4:21 pm

well this quietens down those hysterics ready to turn their backs forever on this organization for a guy i like but who really isnt instrumental to having a winning season. was hoping to see some notion he could shoot and be the scorer he was in the nbdl but it never surfaced. just the same good story even if he still has to learn being the old model ivan is going to cost him dearly in the rear pocket.

Mike

July 2nd, 2012
4:21 pm

Congrads for Ivan, i know that he still have a newborn right now, so that good.

KevinM

July 2nd, 2012
4:21 pm

OB, what is the 4M TPE you are speaking of? That might benefit Ferry going forward.

JustJoe, from the previous blog, Morrow comes from Golden State U, where defense if offensive. He won’t help us much there….I prefer Brooks over him and let Morrow stay behind with Joe in NJ…I don’t think we need both.

As for Ivan, he’s our Haslem, and willing to go that extra knock. I like him in combo with Scott as enough PFs on this roster for the time being.

We still need a backup for Teague and Farmer could be that guy. Why do I like him better than Hinrich? I’m happy someone else wants Kirk. Kirk to me is a vet min player. He was never healthy enough to be counted on.

doc

July 2nd, 2012
4:22 pm

oh i guess since it was ld’s fault he didnt get the offer when it never was discussed, it must be ld’s credit that ivan got a new offer. heh heh, it had to work both ways ld haters. no, i am not an ld lover just telling it like it is.

KevinM

July 2nd, 2012
4:23 pm

“i_am_soulstar

July 2nd, 2012
4:18 pm
Too bad for Anthony Davis. I hope he doesn’t have Greg Oden’s luck.”

I think Hibbert might fit that comparison more than AD going forward.
It’s the Blazer tradition.

Bob Weiss

July 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

I hope the Ferry isn’t seriously considering trading Joe Johnson to the Nets for a bunch of average players. Yes, he makes a lot of money and maybe isn’t a true superstar. However, he is an all star nearly every year and is only 31 years old. I’d much rather keep an overpaid proven player as opposed to gaining a bunch of salary cap space that might just be wasted on a less-proven players. It took us a decade to become relevant again. Trading one of our best players isn’t the way to improve.

Ra'mon

July 2nd, 2012
4:27 pm

O’B, next season is a deep draft full of big men, and the prize wing superstar. What if the Hawks went into this season with out Al, Josh, or Joe? And all three were traded for productive players and first round draft picks in next years draft?? If the Hawks had four first round draft picks next season, with significant cap space. Would that be such a terrible thing? In next year’s drat, they could either make some very good selections (top 4 picks) or trade a couple of the draft picks for a game changer type of a player (for instance Westbrook, who WILL be available next off season if Thunder doesn’t win). You take a player like Westbrook, a top 3 pick in next season’s draft, and Teague ( moving Westbrook to the 2 guard) to go along with a nicely built supporting cast that you’ve had, now you had one rebuilding season, and should be close to the playoffs again with a superstar, or player with superstar potential, and a franchise center!

Operation Kaboom in Effect…lol

kwooden

July 2nd, 2012
4:35 pm

Congrats to Ivan, he worked hard for this contract!

Mr mojo

July 2nd, 2012
4:37 pm

The team doesn’t need to be completely blown up. Trade Joe and get his contract off the books and build around Josh Smith and Horford. You people just thunk if u blow up the team they will become a future powerhouse not so easy. They could blue it up and be horrible for 8 years like last time.

hawksfancent95

July 2nd, 2012
4:45 pm

i hope ivan signs because he playes hard every minute hes in there and he gives not takes crud. idk how this mike scott pick in the draft makes me feel if we re-sign ivan, seems a wasted pick like keith benson last year.
now for the real conversation, joe johnson to Brooklyn trade rumors. wow. if Brooklyn gets joe, and idk all the pieces to the trade, but Brooklyn will look like Deron Williams Joe Johnson Gerald Wallace PF? Humphries? Dwight Howard. idk about you but that team is instant title contender in my books.
GM DF will already be heralded as the best GM in hawks history if he can trade Joe Johnson. i wouldnt care if he sold both of our picks for cash considerations, if you can swing the wealthiest contract in the NBA you are a great GM.

Hoops

July 2nd, 2012
4:50 pm

The Hawks need to push for this trade with the Nets:

Hawks get-1st Round Draft pick(2014), Farmar(4.2M)back up PG, Brooks(5M)could be the SG starter, Morrow(4M)depth @ SG, J Williams(.8M)young PF with great up side, and Petro(3.5M)contract makes the deal work.

Nets get-Joe Johnson(probably assures D Will stays) and 2nd Round Draft pick(2014).

This trade gives the Hawks 6 expiring contracts next summer(Morrow, Petro, J. Williams, J. Smith, Zaza, and J. Teague). Now that’s flexibility!!!

Baddabing

July 2nd, 2012
4:52 pm

I like what Ferry is doing right off the bat. Keeping Ivan is a smart move. The kid from Vanderbilt is going to be huge for this team. If we can trade Joe for the group of gifted young players we won’t have to piece together a bench through free agency at higher cost. Some of those guys like Pargo and Green are going to get more than their worth. It will also free us up to make a pitch to a veteran frontline player whose game will mesh better with the rest of the existing players. I like Joe but he will be the easiest to replace in Larry Drew’s offensive and defensive schemes. As much as I worry about Josh’s consistency and maturity he showed that he has the ability to be both consistent and a good team player. His outside shot has greatly improved (I don’t cringe anymore when he gets the ball 15′ from the basket). At this point I think we would be taking a big step back by trading Josh if we have a chance to unload Joe for good young athletic talent. We also need to try and keep Hinrich. He’s a great defensive player and a solid back-up and in tandem with Teague.

Jason S

July 2nd, 2012
4:53 pm

Congrats Ivan!

TMACfan

July 2nd, 2012
4:54 pm

Seeing some good moves from this new GM

TMACfan

July 2nd, 2012
4:54 pm

Atleast attempts for good moves lol

Atlhawksfan

July 2nd, 2012
5:04 pm

Hawks are weak in the SF position need to trade Marvin and one of the NJ players for a solid SF. But first need to finish the trade.

Nate D

July 2nd, 2012
5:04 pm

Good to extend tp Ivan. Now trade Joe for all those little pieces. Even though we will take a step back, it will be good to have that cap relif. Keep Josh for the year just to have some star power and wins to the team. Then try to trade Al and Marvin for Dwight and Turk!

BrittishAnger

July 2nd, 2012
5:04 pm

YES! That makes 9 players under contract….all we need is a back up PG and we’ve got some semblance of team 2…..

moboman

July 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

Good for Ivan. Hope he gets a new grill though.

O'Brien

July 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

KevinM,

OB, what is the 4M TPE you are speaking of?.

From MC’s “Ferry focused on flexibility with trade” blog;

The Hawks could swing a deal that leaves them with massive amounts of cap space next summer. The Nets also have about $4.4 million in trade exceptions available, which function as a credit to be used against the salary-matching requirements. That means the Hawks could take back significantly less salary in a trade with the Nets.

Rob

July 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

We might take a step back, but at least we have things to look forward to, i.e. cap space. The team will still be good this year, just not as good without Joe. I believe free agents will start coming here if we change the culture, and it already feels like it is. Danny is going to replace LD next year too.

Atlhawksfan

July 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

Back up PG is Farmar or Jordan Taylor if the hawks sign him

BrittishAnger

July 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

By the way…I’d rather have an undersized J.J. Redick than pick up Headof Turkeyglue any day…I watched him in Toronto, and we’d have the same issues they had with him….

John

July 2nd, 2012
5:08 pm

Congrats Ivan. Hope you stay in the ATL a long time. You provide the toughness this team has always needed. GMDF do what you do….. Bring us a championship

Atlhawksfan

July 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

Hawks please don’t sign Jason Collins again. He has done nothing but foul

KevinM

July 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

Heads up @ 5:09 ET:

Chris Broussard on SportsCenter has stated the Nets/Hawks deal is very close. It’s all dependent on DWill committing to the Nets asap.

We’re very close to having a new identity in Atlanta!

KevinM

July 2nd, 2012
5:11 pm

Broussard adds if Joe goes to NJ, consider any deal for D12 to NJ dead.

Broussard has ties to Billy King?

Atlhawksfan

July 2nd, 2012
5:12 pm

Joe Johnson is the past
With the trade we look forward to the future
Ferry bring home a Atlanta Hawks Championship
GO HAWKS

O'Brien

July 2nd, 2012
5:12 pm

790 the zone says there is a rumor out there that the Hawks are talking to the Jazz about a trade of Marvin for Devin Harris. Harris only has one year left at $8.5 mil, so I would take him for Marvin.

I can’t see Utah making that deal (even with the trade of Mo Williams and his $8.5 mil contract).

yoursporthousedotcom

July 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

Nate D,

Tell me why Orlando would do that?

Jae Evolution

July 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

Why are we settling for Stevenson? And why are we not pushing for Brooks to be included.

Michael Cunningham

July 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

new blog posted. shutting down this thread.