Joe Johnson and 119 Million Reasons Why Free Agency Is Ridiculous

July 1st, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks was reportedly offered a six year, $119 million deal to remain in Atlanta, and if this is true the rest of the NBA free agency period will probably follow the same ridiculous path.

I recently penned an article questioning the merits of Chris Bosh as a max contract player, and that line of thought goes doubly for Johnson who is a decent talent but is nowhere near the same category as Bosh.

I wonder what the Hawks were thinking when they made that offer to Johnson and whether or not they understand what the possible consequences of their actions could be.

Johnson's salary would average out to around $19.8 million per season, and it would set a nasty precedent for the real stars yet to sign such as Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Wade has previously said that this high-profile class of free agents would keep their eyes on what their peers are doing, and if he is watching this, imagine the images of dollar signs dancing in Wade's head.

If Johnson can manage to wrangle $119 million out of Atlanta, then what would a player like Wade be worth, especially considering his game is held in higher ...

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