Joe Johnson Signs With Rockets (Not Celtics) After Buyout

Boston Celtics buyout candidate Joe Johnson reportedly to sign with Houston Rockets

Former All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson and journeyman center Brandan Wright are all expected to suit up with the Rockets for the remainder of the season once their buyouts and signings are finalized, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Joe Johnson wanted a trade or buyout from the Jazz.

Veteran guard Joe Johnson was one of the many casualties in the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster blowup before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline, landing with the Sacramento Kings after a rough season with the Utah Jazz. Johnson, at 36 years old, has had a very long career but he probably doesn't have many minutes left in him.

Sure, it would've been a cool story if Johnson, who the Celtics drafted in 2001, returned to the place where is career started. For his career, he has averaged 16.2 points, four rebounds and four assists while playing for Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Miami and Utah. His low 3-point percentage this year is likely due to a wrist injury that caused him to miss over a month earlier this season. In fact, D'Antoni will have trouble finding any minutes for Johnson with a completely healthy roster.

The threat of the Houston Rockets as potential slayers to the reigning kings of the National Basketball Association, the Golden State Warriors, looms larger after reaching agreements with two serviceable veterans in the post-buyout market.



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