Fan favorite Ivan Johnson did not receive a qualifying offer from the Atlanta Hawks, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted about the news on the eve of free agency.
Qualifying offers had to be extended to players before the start of free agency on July 1 at 12:01 a.m. They constitute a guaranteed one-year deal.
Since Johnson didn’t receive a qualifying offer, he is now free to sign with any team on the open market, including back with the Hawks for a multi-year deal.
It was reported that teammate Jeff Teague did receive a qualifying offer from Atlanta. Teague’s deal is worth slightly more than $4.5 million, but the Hawks apparently decided that the QO for Johnson at about $1.2 million wasn’t worth it.
Johnson was adored by Hawks fans for his volcanic temperament and intimidating prowess, along with his death-inducing beard. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 69 games last season.