Joe Johnson is one of the most fascinating players in the NBA. He's been good for a long time, and has never said anything outrageous or done anything crazy on the court. No, he's fascinating simply because of the huge contract he signed with the Atlanta Hawks seven or so years ago. That contract was enormous, and there was never any way that the 7 time All-Star could live up to it. Despite this, he's been productive and valuable throughout his career.
Finally in the last season of that deal, it appears that the Nets (who traded for the Johnson and his contract and gave up draft picks, inexplicably) are ready to buy him out and let him go play with a contender and save a bit of cash. The Cavs are reportedly interested.
Early indication is Joe Johnson will take a couple days to sift through offers now that he's secured buyout. Clears waivers Saturday at 5 PM— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 25, 2016
If the Cavs are able to secure his services, it's not a bad addition. He has some experience playing the stretch four position, and might be able to play Richard Jefferson (who's been good for a couple games now) out of the rotation. He's not much of a defender, but he has shot over 40% from three in January and February. The Cavs have two roster spots available and have Iman Shumpert hurt at the moment, so it could be a nice depth move as well.
ESPN sources say there is strong confidence within the Cavs' organization that they are in prime position to win the Joe Johnson Sweepstakes— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 25, 2016