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May 12, 2015 Updates

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. NBA.com

May 7, 2015 Updates

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?” New York Times

May 3, 2015 Updates
May 2, 2015 Updates

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.” NBCSports.com

April 26, 2015 Updates

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." ESPN.com

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.” New York Post

April 18, 2015 Updates

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.” New York Daily News

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.” New York Daily News

April 16, 2015 Updates
April 15, 2015 Updates

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.'' ESPN.com

April 14, 2015 Updates
March 8, 2015 Updates

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." Newsday

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." Newsday

February 19, 2015 Updates

"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." New York Daily News

February 18, 2015 Updates

Devin Kharpertian: Source says Detroit has not made official offer of Jennings/Butler/Jerebko to Nets for Joe Johnson (yet). That offer (as stands) wouldn’t work under the cap. Would need more pieces both ways to make player # & salary fit. Twitter @uuords

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