The 2010 free agency period is expected to be one of the most influential offseasons in NBA history.
Many major players have the potential to switch area codes.
Joe Johnson, a free agent this summer, will be one of the most sought after players.
However, Johnson is not the first person on many team's wish lists. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amar'e Stoudemire are all in front of Johnson when it comes to dishing out maximum level contracts.
Johnson appears to be a backup plan for teams that fail to acquire the top tier free agents.
Johnson is a star player, and a great second scoring option. He would complement a superstar nicely.
But Johnson simply cannot be depended on to win championships as a team's No. 1 player. Teams will see that in this year's playoffs, and will hesitate to give him a maximum deal.
The only way Johnson might ink a maximum contract is if a team like the Knicks miss out on their first options and get desperate.
Just look at what the Magic did with Rashard Lewis. They gave him superstar money because they needed another all-star to complement Dwight Howard. The difference is the Magic already had a superstar in Howard. The Knicks and Nets (teams that can afford Johnson) do not.
Johnson hasn't accomplished enough to command a maximum contract.