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Joe Johnson is no longer a good fit for the lowly Brooklyn Nets. With his career winding down, he deserves to be with a contender. But who?
By Chip Murphy
When the Brooklyn Nets traded for Joe Johnson back in 2012, he was supposed to pair up with Deron Williams to form a championship back court.
That plan failed spectacularly and contributed to the Nets current state. As much as Johnson insists on his predilection for Brooklyn, winning trumps all.
New general manager Sean Marks didn’t waste any time getting started after missing the trade deadline. The Nets waived Andrea Bargnani after it was reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein that the two sides were in buyout negotiations.
If Marks wants to mop up the mess that old GM Billy King created, Bargnani and Johnson are a great place to start.
Like a majority of the team, Johnson was held back by former head coach Lionel Hollins but his improving play under interim head coach Tony Brown makes him more attractive trade bait for other teams.
In Brooklyn Johnson’s a starter averaging 34 minutes per game but he can’t handle that kind of work load anymore. Given the chance, he could be a great asset off the bench in a reduced role for a better team.
Let’s take a look at the five teams that could use Joe Johnson.