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Is Johnson out of play?

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According to multiple media reports, the Atlanta Hawks are willing to offer shooting guard Joe Johnson a six-year, $127 million maximum contract.

If that's true, Johnson could be the first major free agent off the board this summer. If that offer is extended, Johnson probably would have to accept because he couldn't come close to making that money anywhere else.

As their own free agent, the Hawks can offer Johnson a six-year while other teams can offer only five years. That contract would include yearly raises of 10.5 percent while other teams can offer raises of only eight percent.

The biggest deal Johnson can get elsewhere is five years for $97 million -- if a team is willing to offer him a maximum contract.

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