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Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson
Position: G-F
Born: 06/29/81
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $24,894,863

Joe Johnson trade not happening?

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Even before the Nets pursued buyout talks with Deron Williams, ownership and management were always lukewarm about dealing Joe Johnson. As one league source told NetsDaily, the Nets were never aggressively marketing the 6’8″ swingman. The preference was always to dump Williams. There may have been perfunctory talks with Memphis and Cleveland, based on LeBron James desire to add him to the Cavs mix after an injury-marred post-season had deprived them of scoring power, but as far as pushing him and his $24.9 million contract, it wasn’t a top priority. Getting rid of D-Will was.
via NetsDaily
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There is no question that the Brooklyn Nets are in cost cutting mode and moving off the $24.894 million owed to Joe Johnson would be welcomed in that department. The problem with moving him is the enormity of the contract. Almost no one can meet that payroll without sending equally as much money back to Brooklyn, which defeats the entire concept of the trade. The Nets have aggressively shopped Johnson and understand exactly what his trade value is (non-existent). That could change close to the NBA Trade Deadline in February after the Nets have paid almost 70 percent of his salary and Johnson is far cheaper and an ending contract. Brooklyn seems at peace with the idea they will have Johnson for the season. That won’t stop his name from being mentioned, especially as his true cost goes down, but sources close to the situation say there is no deal the Nets would do out there for Johnson, so he is a name you can safely remove from the list for now.
via Basketball Insiders
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In a special message for Brooklyn fans, Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov talks about the current state of the team and what’s to come in the future. Complementing the core of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson, Prokhorov highlights the shift to a youth-focused team with high levels of athleticism. The one thing that remains constant, Prokhorov reiterates, is that the team is here to win, and the Nets are committed to doing whatever it takes to make that happen.
via NBA.com
The Cavs shopped the contract around to numerous teams over the past six weeks but weren’t able to settle on a deal they liked. Other possible trades, including talks with the Brooklyn Nets involving Joe Johnson, dried up when teams made other moves. Part of the reason the Cavs agreed to a minimum contract with free-agent forward Richard Jefferson this week was because they realized they’d just about exhausted their Haywood options and decided to move on.
via ESPN.com