The Hawks had a lot of interest in bringing back Joe Johnson after the Nets officially bought him out of his contract. The interest was mutual, as the idea of returning back to Atlanta intrigued Johnson. He could immediately jump in and make an impact on team that has the potential to be playing deep into the playoffs. Johnson would have obviously bolstered the Hawks roster and added much needed depth and scoring off the wing.
There were several contending teams looking to sign Johnson. Cleveland came off as the front runner when things began, but the decision for Johnson did not simply come down to who is the best team. Johnson was more interested in the finding the right system for him and playing time. Reportedly Atlanta was in the mix until the end, but Johnson ultimately decided to join the Miami Heat.
The Hawks still have an open roster spot since their trades of Justin Holiday and Shelvin Mack. Tiago Splitter also just underwent hip surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season. Atlanta will be looking through all possible markets to fill the final spot, but look for them to add size in the frontcourt to replace the absence of Splitter.