The Brooklyn Nets plan to work out 38-year-old shooting guard Joe Johnson after he won the BIG3 championship and MVP award.
Joe Johnson could be making a return to the NBA after showcasing his talents for the BIG3.
Per a report from Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, and Milwaukee Bucks are all working out Johnson. The former NBA player recently won the BIG3 championship as well as the MVP award.
Story filed to ESPN to go up shortly: Joe Johnson, fresh off an MVP and championship trophy in the BIG3, will travel to Detroit, Milwaukee and Brooklyn for workouts next week to try to get back into the league, sources told ESPN.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 2, 2019
Johnson, 38, last played in the NBA in 2018. He previously spent time with the Nets from 2012-16. He’s also played for the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets. The Celtics took him with the No. 10 overall selection of the 2001 NBA Draft out of the University of Arkansas.
He’s a seven-time All-Star and could add some depth to a contender’s bench.
During his last stint in the NBA, Johnson appeared in 23 games for the Rockets during the 2017-18 season, with one start to his name. He averaged 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists on 38.1% shooting.
He has lifetime averages of 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on 44.1% shooting and 37.1% from behind the arc.
The Nets don’t have a roster spot available for Johnson at the moment, but that could change with Wilson Chandler facing a 25-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test.
If the Nets sign Johnson, he’d join a roster that’s improved immensely from last year. Brooklyn added superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, along with veteran center DeAndre Jordan. Not to mention, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Joe Harris round out a roster that could be a contender in the Eastern Conference for years.