Heat owner Micky Arison welcomed Johnson to the team:
Micky Arison @MickyArison
Welcome to #HeatNation Joe @TheJoeJohnson7 Look forward to seeing u and your @MiamiHEAT teammates at MSG tomorrow.2016-2-27 23:23:12
Marc Stein of ESPN reported the seven-time All-Star cleared waivers Saturday.
Here is a preview of what Johnson will look like when decked out in Miami red, black and white uniforms:
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
Joe Johnson has committed to sign with Miami Heat after he clears waivers, per @ShamsCharania & @ChrisBHaynes https://t.co/VCNRnckbjF2016-2-26 20:10:57
The 34-year-old reached a buyout agreement with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. The agreement saw Johnson give up $3 million of his $24.89 million salary, per Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com, citing general manager Sean Marks.
"Thank you to all of the Brooklyn and New York Fans for your support during my time with the @Brooklyn Nets," Johnson said in a statement. "I want to thank the Nets organization and I wish nothing but the best to the team. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my career and am excited to bring my talents to a new team."
Immediately, Johnson was linked to a number of playoff teams—most notably the Cavaliers and Hawks. The Hawks offered the draw of comfort; Johnson made six All-Star teams while Atlanta played host to his most extended run of personal success. The Cavaliers are ready-made Finals contenders with a hole to fill on their wing.
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In the end, Johnson's choice of Miami makes sense. He was averaging 11.8 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while playing in obscurity with Brooklyn. Even those averages in the playoffs will help rejuvenate his market value when he becomes a free agent this summer.
While he's clearly not the player who landed a $120 million deal in 2010, Johnson can space the floor, makes heady passes and has more than enough playoff experience. This is a no-brainer addition for the stretch run.
With a core group of Wade, Luol Deng, Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside in place, the Heat now have a great chance to make some noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a veteran and great shooter like Johnson in the fold.