NBA Predictions 2010: Joe Johnson's Signing a Mistake for Atlanta Hawks

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NBA Predictions 2010: Joe Johnson's Signing a Mistake for Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks finished the 2009-10 NBA season in an unfortunate fashion, being swept by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the playoffs, while losing each game by 10 points or more. 

Going into the offseason after this disappointment, the Hawks found themselves faced with another potentially dire situation, as their leading scorer, Joe Johnson, was to become an unrestricted free agent.

Compounding this problem were reports around the league, which hinted that Johnson might elect to leave Atlanta, especially since multiple teams (like the Knicks, Mavericks, and Bulls) were strongly interested in him.

But the Hawks opted to act early and aggressively to prevent Johnson from seriously considering his other options, offering him a full maximum-level contract before the official signing period even began.

Then on July 8, 2010, Johnson and the Hawks officially agreed to a massive six-year, $123.7 million contract.

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