It was reported that the Atlanta Hawks extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Ivan Johnson prior to the July 1 deadline, and therefore are able to match any other teams' offer sheets for him.  The qualifying offer is currently a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $966,000.  Johnson signed with the Hawks initially on December 9, 2011 as an undrafted rookie free agent after performing well in training camps and in the preseason.  His playing experience prior to the Hawks had included playing college ball for four different schools (Cisco Junior College, LA. Southwest Junior College, Oregon, and Cal State San Bernardino).  He then began his pro career with stints in the NBA Development League and overseas in Korea before signing with the Hawks.  In his rookie year in Atlanta, he averaged 6.4 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game.  He earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors in April 2012.  I think it was a great move by the Hawks to extend him a qualifying offer.  He is a high-energy player, and he is a beast in the paint.  This probably means that rookie power forward Mike Scott is not expected to get very significant minutes in his first year, however.  I would be excited to see Ivan Johnson return to the Hawks for his sophomore NBA campaign, and I wish him luck.
Ivan Johnson with the ball