Where will Joe Johnson be playing in 2016-17? Stein: Not. Brooklyn. That’s about as definitive as we can get this far away from free agency. But the more interesting question might be: Will Johnson finish this season in Brooklyn? There are some folks around the league who wonder if the Nets would consent to buying out Johnson after the Feb. 18 trade deadline if they can’t move him. The Nets would naturally dismiss any such suggestions, given that they have no other choice but to try to win as many games as they can before sending their unprotected 2016 top pick to Boston. But they also frequently insisted that they wouldn’t buy out Deron Williams before ultimately doing so.
February 6, 2016 | 10:34 am EST Update
Casspi entered Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center , shooting 44 percent from three-point range, sixth in the NBA. His 85 threes were 30th in the league. Casspi was disappointed not to be included in the contest. “It is what it is, man,” Casspi said. “I feel like I deserve to be there, and I did everything I can.”
Peace prevailed between the two Friday but Barnes now is 3-0 against Fisher — two Memphis victories and triumphant in the brawl. “I get booed everywhere,’’ Barnes said. “I don’t mind it I enjoy. It means you’re doing something. They don’t boo you if you’re not doing anything. They’re booing if you’re doing something right which is what an away crowd is supposed to do. It’s what they’re here to do and they do a good job if it.’’
There was another ejection — a fan in the front row. Porzingis fouled Vince Carter hard on a drive and he tumbled into the crowd, colliding with a spectator who began harassing him. The fan was booted. “It didn’t involve me so I got to stay away,’’ said Barnes, who has been disciplined by the NBA twice over the Fisher incident.