Joe Johnson got paid more than any other player in the greatest free-agent class in NBA history last summer.
His six-year, $119 million deal surpassed those of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade — everybody.
Before the Hawks surprisingly made their maximum offer, multiple sources indicated Johnson planned to sign with the Bulls to fill their hole at shooting guard. The Bulls, who eventually signed Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and Keith Bogans at the position, could've offered five years and roughly $90 million.
"I wasn't really torn," Johnson said. "I just took my time, weighed my options and figured out what I really wanted to do."
Johnson, who shares the same agency as Derrick Rose, admitted he had interest in the Bulls and possibly the Knicks as well.
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Chicago Tribune | May 9