There were rumblings that the Brooklyn Nets had Joe Johnson trade conversations with the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Nets were never really looking to deal Johnson, according to NetsDaily.
The priority was always to get rid of Deron Williams, and after no Williams trade could be found, the two sides reached a buyout agreement. Now that Williams is gone, Johnson is almost certainly not going anywhere. At least not anytime soon.
Brooklyn wants Johnson’s veteran presence and scoring ability around next season with the team getting younger, and now his contract isn’t a problem with Williams out of the picture. NetsDaily also says that Williams and Johnson didn’t get along, and Williams’s departure could help lead to a rejuvenated season for the veteran shooting guard.
Johnson averaged 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season while shooting 43.5 percent overall and 35.9 percent from three. The scoring average was his lowest since the 2002-03 season, and he really struggled with his efficiency in the postseason.
There’s still a chance Johnson gets dealt sometime next season as an expiring contract, but it looks like it’s not happening this summer.