Hawks Keep Mike Bibby
Bibby will ink a three-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, leaving the Hawks backcourt in decent shape for the next few seasons.
Knight landed Bibby 1-1/2 years ago, giving up only some expiring contracts and ultra-bust Shelden Williams. Of course, instead of drafting Williams, Knight could have had a solid point guard (Rajon Rondo) or playmaker (Brandon Roy) in the 2006 draft. But that's just picking nits. While overpaid the previous three seasons, Bibby provides just what the J.J.-led Hawks needed: someone to take ball-handling pressure off Cool Joe, and someone to hit shots. Bingo. Bibby will be doing that for the Hawks through 2011-12 at a really fair rate of pay.
I might also note that it's a bit amazing that a contract negotiated by notoriously tough David Falk came so quickly and at such a fair rate. Falk, Michael Jordan's old agent, infamously orchestrated Elton Brand's Eastward flight last summer, a contentious free agent move that basically set the Clippers franchise ablaze for a couple months.
Atlanta still has a few pressing matters in order to set up a run next season: Zaza Pachulia, Josh Childress and Marvin Williams are free agents, and Johnson can be locked up beyond his current deal, which ends in 2010. We'll see what Rick Sund has up his sleeve.