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Ivan Johnson an unrestricted free agent after Hawks pass on qualifying offer

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The Atlanta Hawks decided to not hand out a qualifying offer to Ivan Johnson thus making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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The Atlanta Hawks decided to not issue forward Ivan Johnson a qualifying offer and will lose the ability to match any offers that he receives on the open market per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Hawks didn't rule out re-signing Johnson later but didn't want to tie up the cap room with a qualifying offer. The Hawks did make a qualifying offer to point guard Jeff Teague and therefore can match any offer he receives.

(Editor's Note: Qualifying offer to Johnson would have been 1.202M per storytellerscontracts.com)

Ivan Johnson has played in 125 games over the last two seasons in Atlanta while averaging 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. Johnson amassed somewhat of a cult following and became a fan favorite with his hustle and physical play. Even at 6-8, Johnson was on some nights the Hawks' most effective defender at the center position.

Johnson's path to the NBA is well chronicled and it will be interesting to see what kind of offers he garners on the open market.