Johnson Back In NBA With Pistons

Johnson Back In NBA With Pistons





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Joe Johnson is coming back to the NBA.

The veteran swingman has agreed to terms with the Detroit Pistons, according to multiple reports. To make space for Johnson, the Piston will waive Michael Beasley.

Johnson’s return follows a one-year hiatus from The Association. The 38-year-old most recently played for the Big3’s Triplets, winning the league’s championship and MVP award while demonstrating that he still has what it takes to make an impact in the NBA.

Johnson last donned an NBA uniform during the 2017-18 season, suiting up for the Rockets and Jazz. Overall, he played in 55 games, averaging 6.8 points off the bench while shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from deep. Both percentages were well below his career averages.

Still, Detroit is hoping Johnson can contribute to a roster that could have given teams a run for their money in earlier parts of the decade. They were not the only team interested in his services – Johnson also worked out for the Bucks and Nets – but ultimately it was the Pistons who landed the well-traveled wing. According to ESPN, Johnson’s deal is worth $2.6 million with $220,000 guaranteed. The entire contract will become fully guaranteed should Johnson still be on Detroit’s roster after Jan. 7.

Clearly, this is a low-cost, high-reward situation for the Pistons, who don’t have to invest much to find out if Johnson still has flashes of the skillset that made him a prolific scorer back in the day. Once a force with the Hawks and Nets, Johnson has seven All-Star appearances on his resume and comes to the Motor City having averaged 16 points per game for his 17-year NBA career.








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