We’ve seen some pretty crazy contracts in our life like Alex Rodriguez getting 250 mil. But for basketball those crazy contracts usually belong to the league’s best superstars. Well very soon Joe Johnson will be getting one of the most ridiculous contracts known to man…
The Atlanta Hawks will be making an offer to Joe Johnson which will be 6 years and $119 million. Are you kidding me? The same Joe Johnson that averaged 11 points a game in the second round of the playoffs? In an off-season with probably the BEST free-agents on the market, and you go for Joe Johnson? You might as well just throw your money away. Don’t get me wrong, Joe Johnson is a good player, and usually is the main guy for the Hawks. But he is not a Lebron, Melo or Wade. The guy played absolutely terrible when the team needed him most, and now they’re going to give him a crap-load of money? The Hawks must really like the guy if they’re willing to pass on all the other free-agents and go with him.
What’s worse is, now you have no more money to bring in more players to help the team. Let’s face it, this contract doesn’t make them any better. Joe Johnson is 29 years old and is probably on the downhill of his career. There were talks about him not wanting to stay with the hawks anymore. This makes sense because they almost lost to the injured Bucks with a rookie PG, and got absolutely owned by the Orlando Magic. They need to use that money to get new players and stay away from guys who’s career is gonna start to go downhill, like Johnson and Bibby.
With the East making huge pushes for guys like Lebron, Wade, Bosh and Amare it also hurts the Atlanta Hawks. In recent years the East hasn’t been what you would call a powerhouse. In fact, sub-500 teams have been making the playoffs in the East. But now we will see a lot more superstars in teams like the Nets, Knicks and Bulls. Obviosly that depends on the decisions of free-agents but it seems likely that there will be a stronger group of teams in the East, and possibly a lot better than the Hawks. To whoever made this deal for Joe Johnson needs to have their head checked.