Cavs Targeting Guard Joe Johnson After Nets Buyout
Cavs are expected to pursue Joe Johnson, the former seven-time all-star, who was waived by the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday after agreeing to a buyout.Advertisement
Nets and Johnson had begun buyout negotiations earlier in the day, as reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein. Johnson, an unrestricted free agent over the summer, was sold on the idea of joining a title contender.
Johnson will have to wait until 5 p.m. ET on Saturday to clear the waivers and begin dialogue with a host of a playoff teams lining up for his services, which include Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Oklahoma City and Toronto.
According to an ESPN report, Cavaliers are the frontrunners to sign Johnson. “There is a strong belief within the Cavaliers’ organization, league sources said, that they are in prime position to win the Johnson sweepstakes and add him to their title-chasing roster,” wrote the report.
Prior to the start of the season, Johnson was strongly linked with the reigning Eastern Conference champions. The Cavs even considered trading for Johnson with their trade exception and Anderson Varejao. However, those talks never came to frutition.
Joe Johnson brings clutch scoring…
Johnson will bring veteran leadership and clutch scoring to a Cavaliers team desperate to add enough weapons before a possible showdown against Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
In fact, so serious is Johnson in his contend for a title, he returned $3 million in remaining salary to move on from Brooklyn (15-42). “It shows Joe’s serious about going to a contender. We wish him all the best. He’s been part of some great Net memories,” said Sean Marks, the new Nets GM.
Johnson, who is averaging 11.8 points this season, is earning $24.9 million in the final year of a mammoth six-year, $124 million deal which he signed with the Hawks back in 2010.
Cavs will definitely benefit from Joe Johnson’s addition.