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Super Joe Turns Down the Hawks' Contract Offer

Check out my article on Bleacher Report about Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks. I look at five different scenarios that could happen heading into the NBA free agent bonanza in the summer of 2010.

I think Joe Johnson is the Hawks best and most valubable player. It is almost criminal the amount of minutes he has had to play the past two seasons. Add that to the fact that Super Joe has to guard the other team's best player almost every night and you have a recipe for wearing him out before the playoffs.

The fact that the Hawks have not addressed this defensive liability is one of the big questions facing Coach Mike Woodson as training camp opens today. Jamal Crawford is probably an average defender at best and Jeff Teague is way too small to guard other shooting guards. Mario West is not the answer. Can Mo Evans help Joe out?