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Bulls watch: Johnson takes a hit
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff

In losing to the Orlando Magic in the playoffs, Atlanta Hawks free agent Joe Johnson struggled and made less than 30 percent of his shots.

 

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Published: 5/12/2010 12:02 AM

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Here's a glance at some of the latest developments as the Bulls search for a new coach and prepare to court top free agents:

Johnson takes hit: Charles Barkley had some harsh words for Joe Johnson's impending free-agency after the Atlanta guard averaged 12.9 points and shot 29.8 percent from the field while getting swept by Orlando.

"It hurt him badly," Barkley said Monday on TNT. "He already turned down $16 million a year and I clearly would take that off the table if I'm the Atlanta Hawks. A guy can't play like that and get $16 million a year."

Of course, in relative terms, having to settle for less than $16 million isn't such a bad thing.

"He clearly can't be your best player," Barkley added. "If you give a guy $16 million he's got to be the best player on your team. - I like Joe Johnson, he's a good player, but he's not a $16 million a year player on any team."

McHale likes Bulls: Kevin McHale confirmed his interest in the Bulls coaching job. He has been listed as a top candidate by the Daily Herald since December.

"I'd like to coach," McHale told ESPN.com. "I had a lot of fun doing it (in Minnesota). - I know Gar (Forman) and John Paxson real well. - I think Chicago is a great job. Derrick Rose, love him. Taj Gibson, love him. Joakim Noah, love him. You've got Kirk Hinrich, love him. They're tough guys, they play really hard and they get after it defensively and I think they're all just going to get better."