Sources said Johnson was still considering whether it would be a better career move to play in New York or Chicago, and his ultimate decision would hinge upon which of the top free agents make commitments to those teams.With Mike Woodson no longer around to bear the brunt of blame, Johnson may be hesitant (especially if he believes ownership is more likely to shed salary than add talent) to become the primary focal point for criticism and frustration if the team doesn't improve and Johnson needn't lack self-belief to wonder how (essentially) the same team that's gone 0-8 in second round playoff games the last two seasons is supposed to improve when its greatest change is the amount of his compensation. His (understandable) self-interest may, may, end up saving the Hawks organization from itself.
One source said the chances of Johnson accepting Atlanta's offer were "slightly" better that 50-50.
UPDATE (7/3/10 -- 9:53 AM): Sekou Smith's source ("someone in Johnson's camp") dissents:
After speaking with someone in Johnson’s camp late Friday, it’s clear that he’s in the final stages of completing an agreement with the Hawks and not checking out other options. Any delay is simply posturing. The prospect of walking away from an extra $30 million (in the sixth year of the deal he can only get from the Hawks without a sign-and-trade agreement) is simply not an option, according to the person in Johnson’s camp.Posturing? Either Joe Johnson can't do anything quickly or he's reduced himself to engaging in a public relations game of chicken with a seriously unpopular ownership group.
Expect a Monday announcement from Johnson.