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Atlanta Hawks among teams interested in Joe Johnson, per report

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The Atlanta Hawks are among several teams that are interested in Brooklyn forward Joe Johnson if he secures a buyout.

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The Atlanta Hawks are among several teams that are interested in Joe Johnson if he is able to secure a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks could use additional size at the small forward position and Johnson could provide that. Several other playoff teams are also reportedly interested including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

Johnson enjoyed great success with the Hawks where he averaged 20.9 points per game over seven seasons. He is currently having one of the worst seasons of his career averaging 11.8 points on 41 percent shooting for a hapless Nets team.

While Johnson returning to Atlanta would be a great story, at this stage of his career it is much more likely that he pursue a spot on a team that is a championship contender. That added to the fact that Johnson hasn't received a very warm reception in his trips back to Philips Arena over the last four seasons make this seem like a very unlikely pairing.