Joe Johnson RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Ohm Youngmishuk: With Brook/Thad back in mix, Nets brass’ goal is moving Deron + Joe before season sources say. Nets can’t find a suitor for Deron as of now
The Griz recently discussed a potential trade to acquire former All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson from the Brooklyn Nets, according to an ESPN.com report that cites league sources. However, a source told The Commercial Appeal that there was only a cursory discussion that never actually led to the Griz offering players from their roster. Johnson, 34, has one year left on a contract that pays him $24.9 million for the 2015-16 season. The 6-7 swingman averaged 14.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting overall last season. Johnson’s 35.9 percent 3-point shooting during the regular season dipped to 29.3 percent in the playoffs.: 2 more rumors
Marc Stein: Story going online now: ESPN sources say Nets and Grizzlies recently discussed a Joe Johnson-to-Memphis trade: 2 more rumors
The Brooklyn Nets and Grizzlies recently discussed a potential trade to send former All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson to Memphis, according to league sources. The teams could not find a workable deal and have tabled discussions, but sources told ESPN.com that the Nets were encouraged enough in general to believe that they will ultimately find a trade taker for Johnson’s mammoth contract, which only has one season left to run but at a massive $24.9 million in 2015-16.
There were rumors around the deadline of interest in Detroit and Charlotte, but the Nets dissed those reports then … and now, those options look, if not closed, less appealing. So, Evan Roberts asked Adrian Wojnarowski if he thought after the Pistons and Hornets made deals in the last week, does that foreclose trades for the $25 million man? Is he untradeable? Absolutely not, replied Woj. “I don’t think anybody is untradeable. I don’t,” the Yahoo! writer said in his weekly segment on WFAN. “There will always be some big market team who needs a scorer, last year on his contract. I think that you could still move him, but I don’t know who, that is, off the top of my head, but almost no contract is ever untradeable if a guy is still somewhat productive.”
Much was made of the fact that both Williams and forward Joe Johnson’s names were omitted in a letter to Nets season-ticket holders last week. Johnson is in the final year of his deal and owed $24.9 million next season. “Within that letter, I think everyone made a big deal of that because we didn’t mention Joe and Deron’s name, but I think in doing so, we talked about Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, trying to retain them because they were free agents,” King said.
Should the Nets manage to retain both Lopez and Young, the most likely cost-cutting move would be to trade Joe Johnson, who is owed just under $25 million next season in the final year of his contract. It’s a much more palatable deal for teams to take on than the two years and $43 million Deron Williams has left, assuming he opts into the final year of his deal in 2016-17.
But King and Yormark made no mention of Williams and Johnson — omissions that can be taken as an ominous sign for the duo. It’s unclear if either Williams or Johnson has requested a trade. In the letter, King and Yormark wrote the owner “is 100 percent dedicated to delivering a winning product on the court.’’
It is widely assumed the Nets will explore the trade markets for both Joe Johnson (with his expiring $24.9 million deal) and Jarrett Jack (due $12.6 million over the next two seasons but only partially guaranteed in 2016-17) to try to get away from tax territory that way, instead of waiving and stretching Williams. Neither of those ideas is as complicated as trying to trade D-Will himself, with $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17 owed to the 30-year-old, but you wouldn’t describe trading Johnson or Jack for purely financial motivations as easy, either.
The intriguing question is whether the Nets can deal Joe Johnson and his expiring contract, at $24.8 million next season. For one year, even at that price, Johnson would have suitors.
The big blockbusters have not done much for the Nets. So now General Manager Billy King is looking to improve from within. Just don’t rule out another trade. Keeping Brook Lopez is the priority, while moving Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could be options if King decides to break up the Nets’ core. “Joe may have summed it up best,” King said Wednesday. “It may be the group, just together — maybe it’s time to maybe split it up, or maybe add to it to help them. So we’ll look to add to complement them, to make them better. Or do you look to maybe move a piece to add some other pieces to it?”
Joe Johnson, the team’s highest-paid player, knows this perhaps better than anyone else. From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: “I have no idea. Something’s going to happen. I don’t know what. I don’t see us coming back as the same team. This is my third year here. I could see if we were getting better each year, but it’s kind of been the opposite. So to not even be a .500 ball club in the East. It’s disheartening and I don’t know. I think everyone in that locker room is unsure of the future here. So we’ll see what happens going into the summer.”
Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson said Sunday that point guard Deron Williams is suffering from a severe case of tendinitis. “At different times in the season we all have knickknack or injuries. I know tendinitis has pretty much been my kryptonite, and I know he has a severe case of that,” Johnson said. “It’s tough, man. It’s tough. But we all have his back, and whatever we have to do, we have to do it.”
On Saturday, Bogdanovic shot 7-of-13, scored 19 points — the most by a rookie in the playoffs to that point this postseason — and the Nets came out of the game having closed the gap to 2-1 in the series. Again, Bogdanovic was not the sole reason the Nets won, 91-83, in Game 3 at Barclays Center. But he was a big reason. “He was huge. Bogey is a great catch-and-shoot guy. If he gets his feet set, probably nine times out of 10, it’s going in,” Joe Johnson said. “Especially in the first quarter, he got it going.”
The clock is ticking on a career with borderline Hall-of-Fame credentials (seven All-Star appearances, 63rd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list). “Especially when you get older (there’s more urgency to win) because it’s not a given that you’re going to make it to this spot next year or even that you’re going to be with that same team the next year,” he said. “So you really have to seize the moment and just enjoy it.”
So each time Johnson returns to Philips Arena, he is booed and heckled. And in a Hawks video presentation covering the team’s different eras, Johnson — the sixth-highest scorer in Hawks history — didn’t make the cut. As Johnson’s Nets prepare to tip off their first-round series in Atlanta on Sunday, none of this seems to bother the veteran because, well, nothing seems to bother him. “Honestly, it doesn’t matter if they boo or cheer,” said Johnson, noting he has heard the jeers. “I honestly don’t care. I’m part of the Brooklyn Nets and we have a job to do. “One thing about me, I don’t feed into it, the negativity, the positivity,” he added. “I’ve never been that player, y’all know I’ve never been that player. I’m going to go out and play my game.”
Pierce said veteran Joe Johnson was an affable professional but also a reluctant leader. “Joe is quiet,” Pierce noted. “He doesn’t want much attention. He doesn’t say much. “There’s a lot of secondary guys on that team. KG and I went there looking at them as the main guys who would push us, because we were advancing in years. But we ended up doing all the pushing.”
Pierce said veteran Joe Johnson was an affable professional but also a reluctant leader. “Joe is quiet,” Pierce noted. “He doesn’t want much attention. He doesn’t say much. There’s a lot of secondary guys on that team. KG and I went there looking at them as the main guys who would push us, because we were advancing in years. But we ended up doing all the pushing.”
Fighting through tendinitis in his right knee and left ankle, Johnson simply hasn’t been his usual go-to self this season. He’s logged 36,546 minutes in 956 games since 2003-04 — a number second only to LeBron James’ 41,916 in 1,053 games — and it’s a challenge to keep himself completely refreshed. “Obviously, a lot of minutes take a toll on you, but we all envisioned this team being pretty deep so guys won’t have to log 40, 45 minutes,” Johnson said. “And obviously, injuries happen. I had a stretch where I was playing at least 42, 44 minutes a night. It just happens. But it’s no gripe on my part. I try to do whatever I can to help this team win, but it takes its toll on you.”
He was powerless to prevent the Nets from blowing a 15-point lead in the final 5:45 of the fourth quarter, and he was watching from the sideline — not far from coach Lionel Hollins — as Jack’s last-second shot caromed off the rim. “Just from not even being on the floor, being a decoy, yeah, that was a little different,” Johnson said after practice Saturday. ” . . . I mean, it may have been a little puzzling, but it wasn’t to the point where I was [ticked] or I thought he made a bad decision.”
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hollins said. “But I’m pretty certain the roster is going to stay the same, unless some surprise pops up.” Johnson, who used the long All-Star break to rest the tendinitis in his knees and feels “refreshed,” is prepared for a surprise. “At some point in time, I’m going to have to leave. I’m going to have to go,” Johnson said. “If the organization decides on keeping me, great. If I have to get traded, it’s part of it. Either one. “I’ve heard so many rumors. My name has come up in different trades so I just have to wait and see.”
As one of the highest paid players in the NBA, Johnson has been shopped and linked to a variety of teams — including the Hornets and Pistons. However, a team source refuted that there was any traction to the discussions with Detroit, which reportedly included a package surrounding Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings. “There is nothing,” the source said.
Joe Johnson packed for Brooklyn’s entire 11-day, six-game road trip, but the Nets forward is unsure if he’ll make it to the first game. “The rumors are true,” Johnson said after Wednesday’s late-night practice in L.A. “My name is out there (in trade discussions). Anything is possible. I’m definitely going to have my phone on.”