Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
With all the big-name NBA free agents becoming available this summer like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, lot of other free agents have flown underneath the radar, but could be the vital piece to an NBA franchise as they try and become a title contender.
The one player that hasn’t done any recognition this season as a big name free agent is the Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson. Now Johnson might not be a scoring machine like LeBron or Wade, please definitely a primetime player in a huge upgrade at guard for the majority of teams around league.
There’s no question that the Atlanta Hawks will do all they can do to keep arguably the best all-around player on the team, but if the Hawks don’t go out of their way to sign head coach Mike Woodson to an extension Joe Johnson will almost certainly be on his way out and looking at teams like the New York Knicks as his destination.
There’s been a lot of speculation around the league on what players will go and what direction this summer as there will be plenty of options for many of these big-name players when they become available to the highest bidder.
Obviously the one player getting all the attention when free agency is talked about the season has been the Cleveland Cavaliers MVP candidate LeBron James. King James will be courted by a number of teams this summer, but the one team really going after arguably the best player in the league is the New York Knicks in one of the key pieces to get LeBron in the Big Apple is Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks.
It’s no secret and common sense that a player of LeBron James caliber would love to play alongside another great player like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire, but for some reason he believes that Joe Johnson would be a great addition to any team he might player next season.
Personally, I believe Amare Stoudemire would be the best fit to play alongside LeBron James, but I can see the logic in a Joe Johnson being the best candidate as the LeBron’s teammate because the Hawks guard has no ego, doesn’t demand the ball and is amongst the league’s best at his position.
There’s no telling what will happen this summer as has been no indication from any big-name player in what they intended to do, but the one player that does seem to be on his way out is Joe Johnson and it will be interesting to see how where Johnson lands will change the destination of other big-name free agents when they become available.
Until then, speculation will run rampant throughout the league as we get into the playoffs in all sorts storyline starts to come about. One thing is for certain though this free agent market will almost certainly change the face of the NBA for the foreseeable future and we could see some of the worst teams in the league become title contenders.