Joe Johnson Waived by Brooklyn Nets

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured Columnist

Jan 9, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson (7) dribbles the ball around Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson (3) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets announced they waived Joe Johnson on Thursday, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today. However, he is already drawing interest from multiple teams.

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Johnson Reportedly Interested in Hawks Return

Thursday, Feb. 25

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Johnson is interested in returning to the Atlanta Hawks. Earlier in the day, ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Hawks were also interested in signing the shooting guard.

Johnson signed with the Nets in 2012 after spending the previous seven seasons in Atlanta.

Multiple Teams Reportedly Pursuing Johnson

Thursday, Feb. 25

Stein, citing sources, reported the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors are all interested in Johnson.

On Feb. 19, Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reported Johnson "is still very much in play" for the Cavaliers.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported Feb. 15 that Johnson "would be of interest [to the Heat] if bought out, but the Cavs and Spurs could be more appealing to Johnson."

Johnson Could Be Valuable for Contender

Johnson appeared in six straight All-Star Games from 2007 to 2012, but his scoring has regressed in each of the past four seasons. Though he is past his prime, his veteran presence, and the fact he can still light up the scoreboard from time to time, should attract suitors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season.


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