Agent: Johnson staying with Hawks

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, Last Updated: 5:34 PM ET

Los Angeles, CA - Arm Tellem, writing in his weekly sports column for the Huffington Post, said Sunday that free-agent guard Joe Johnson intends to re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks.

Johnson received a six-year, maximum dollar contract offer from the team he has played for since signing as a free-agent with them in 2005.

According to Tellem, Johnson came away impressed enough from his meeting with Larry Drew, the Hawks' new coach and former Atlanta guard, and the owners of the team and their commitment to building a championship-caliber team to turn down the chance to play elsewhere.

The 29-year-old Johnson had also entertained offers from the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.

Johnson led the Hawks to 53 wins last season and a first-round playoff victory over Milwaukee in seven games before Atlanta bowed to Orlando in four games in the second round of the post-season.

He averaged 21.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in 76 contests last season

Over nine seasons with Boston, Phoenix and Atlanta, he has averaged 17.6 points, 4.2 boards and 4.5 assists per game.


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