What The Atlanta Hawks Can Do If Joe Johnson Wants Out

April 27th, 2010 by Ashwath Krishna Leave a reply »

In the past few seasons, the Atlanta Hawks have slowly become one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA. From winning just 13 games in the 2004-05 season, the Hawks have continually increased their win totals every year since, while making the playoffs for the past three years straight and earning kudos for their athletic, exciting style of play.

This has been achieved with a young, talented roster who have played most (if not, in some cases, all) of their NBA careers together. Currently 2-2 in their playoff series against the Bucks, the Eastern Conference Finals are not beyond the realm of possibility for Atlanta. 

However, all this could soon change.

Joe Johnson has been Atlanta’s talisman the past few years. Ever since leaving Phoenix in acrimonious circumstances, Johnson has blossomed into a perennial All-Star and a threat at both ends of the court for the Hawks.

It’s not a stretch to say that he’s a top-15 player in the league at least. However, he comes off contract this year. While Atlanta would seem ...

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