Forget Joe Johnson. I hope we don't sign him. Or at least don't sign him to the money he wants. The fact that he can't lead a much more talented Hawk's team past the Bucks minus their best player is reason to pass on this guy. I would sign him for $10-12 mil. No way is this guy worth a max, or close to max, contract.
And Jennings was a major miss by us.
If they lose to the Bucks, we should be on the phone to J Smooth. Offer D Lee, get Smith the All Star nod he deserves.
ooooohhhh a flying pig...
I don't think it's Joe Johnson's fault that the Hawks are down 3-2 to the Bucks.
Jamal Crawford and Mike Bibby have not been playing up to par.
Plus, Johnson has never been the type of player to take over at any given time. He usually scores 20-25 points, and every once in awhile, he has a 30+ point game. The talent he's surrounded with makes him look better than he really is. If Dwyane Wade had the talent the Hawks have, they would be the favorites to win the East.
The Hawks still have a chance to win this series. Game 6 will be just as much win or go home for the Bucks as it is for the Hawks. I don't think the Bucks want to try and beat the Hawks in Atlanta, in game 7, so it's do or die for both teams.
I like Johnson and Lee on this team with a center that can block shots and rebound, we would make the playoffs atleast.
We should not forget him, but use him as a plan B or plan C if everyone signs somewhere else.
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
He is like David Lee. A good player, an All-Star, but not the team leader to take over games. I would sign him for $11-12 mil (close to what Lee is worth). Definitely not close to a max contract, which is what he wants.
If we pay Lee $13-14 mil and Johnson $15-16 mil this offseason, we severly overpaid and wasted our money.
Agreed. Lee isn't worth that and Johnson isn't worth a max contract.
Let's keep in mind that Johnson isn't a superstar in the sense that he's the major player on his team - one could even argue that he isn't even the major player on his team! I would even say that the Hawks owe their success more to the presence of Jamal Crawford off the bench and their strong presence inside the paint with Horford and Smith over Johnson's scoring in the backcourt - Johnson is a #2 player, he's not a max player, and he's not a franchise player.
Joe Johnson = H20 2.0
No thanks! I'll pass on him!
Agreed. But nobody should be surprised if our plans go SNAFU and we overpay bigtime (Lee. JJ.)
If we were to blow our load on this squad I wouldn't puke. Supremely deep and it'd be fun. Don't know about it being finals materials tho...let alone right away.
We can't think too big.
We can't think about being a finals team when our team has been the absolute joke of the NBA for the past nine years. We can think about being a team built to win it all when we, you know, make the playoffs a few times and get our organization some postseason experience we've been lacking for the past decade
The only way we get a champ team is if we get Lebron or D Wade by some miracle this off season, sign another big name...then use Eddy Curry's contract for another decent player to a team that wants to shed cap space.
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
Well the Hawks escaped the Bucks. Johnson had a forgettable 4-14 8 pt game. But if he does well against the Magic, and the Hawks give them a tough time, he'll probably get a max contract from someone.
My thoughts exactly. Joe Johnson was pretty much a non-factor in the Hawks' series clinching win - that's NOT the type of player that I want on our team for a max contract. I feel the Hawks owe their success more to strong paint play from Al Horford and Josh Smith and explosive scoring from Jamal Crawford off the bench than they do Joe Johnson, but that might just be me