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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Johnson agrees to stay with Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) NBA All-Star guard Joe Johnson had agreed to a maximum contract to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent said Sunday.

Arn Tellem confirmed an entry he wrote for the Huffington Post Web site, in which he said Johnson "announced his intention to re-sign with the Hawks for six more years."

Tellem wrote that Johnson chose to remain in Atlanta over Chicago and New York, where he would have been reunited with Mike D'Antoni, his former coach in Phoenix.

The Hawks could pay him nearly $120 million, while other teams could only give Johnson five years and pay him about $25 million less.



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